December 3

U. M. Beaver

U. M. Beaver, 85, of Hamburg died Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at his residence outside Hamburg. A native of Oktaha, Oklahoma, a resident of Hamburg for the past 20 years and a former resident of Crossett, he was a retired pipeline worker, a Baptist and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

He is survived by his children, Barbara Freeland of Crossett, Merrill Beaver of Watauga, Texas and Lynn Gaught of Winter Springs, Florida; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his caregivers, William and Marie Adcock. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sarah Light Beaver; six sisters and two brothers.

A private grave-side service was at 10 a.m., Friday, November 28, in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Lane Amos officiating with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. See on-line guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Marion E. Carlock

Marion Edward "Dink" Carlock, 71, of Humphreys, MO, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, at Pershing Hospital in Brookfield, Missouri. He lived in Orlando, FL, until nine years ago. He was a self-employed roofer, an U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Humphreys Christian Church. The son of Dwight Lee and Kathelene Wilson Carlock, he was born July 24, 1937, in Hamburg and on July 17, 1967, in Rome, Georgia, he married Dottie Rae Coffman.

Survivors in addition to his wife are five sons, John Tyler and wife Tina of Crossett, Marion E. Carlock, Jr., and wife Jan of Logansport, IN, Clint Aurelio and wife Amy of Woodstock, NH, Craig Carlock and wife Lisa of Orlando, FL, and Trey Carlock of Topeka, KS; two daughters, Carla Carlock of Logansport and Elisa Sparks of Orlando; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Josie Bullock of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, Sherry Battaglia of Downsville, LA, and Brenda Neal of Crossett; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Tiffany Sparks; and one brother, Bill Carlock.

Memorial services were at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, the Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan, MO, with Rev. Gene Schreffler officiating. His remains will be placed in the Thomas Union Cemetery at a later date.

The family has requested contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Kansas City, Missouri.

Robert Lee Dawson

Robert Lee Dawson, 71, of Naples, FL, died Friday, November 21, 2008. at Naples Community Hospital. A native of Thebes, he was a resident of Florida for the past 52 years and was a retired lawn maintenance worker.

He is survived by one son, Raymond and wife Linda Dawson of Montrose; one granddaughter, Kim Dawson of Montrose; two brothers, James Dawson of Chicago, IL, & Booker T. Dawson of Atlanta, GA; and three sisters, Vera Dawson & Jessie Mae Chatman of Montrose and Viola Dawson of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lebirda Dawson; one daughter, Cynthia Dawson; one granddaughter, Tabitha Dawson; his parents, Clarence & Annie Mae Dawson; and two brothers, Clarence Dawson, Jr., & Leonard Charles Dawson.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 29, at Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Mitchell, officiating. Honorary pallbearers were James, Ronnie, Wade, James & Booker T. Dawson. Remains were cremated. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Dan Rudy Doyle

Dan Rudy Doyle, 59, of Crossett, formerly of Odessa, TX, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, at his residence. He lived in Texas most of his life, but lived in Crossett for the past month, and was a machinist for General Machine & Supply in Odessa. He was an avid biker and was a member of Star Riding & Touring #309 Midland in Odessa and was currently serving as the sergeant at arms and was formerly the president.

He is survived by his wife, Willie Ione Mahfouz of Crossett; ten children, his mother, Wanda Zelanzy of Abilene, TX; one sister, Debra and husband John Blake of Abilene, TX, twenty-three grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Doyle.

Memorial services were Wednesday, November 26, at 11 a.m. in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Bobby Tucker officiating. The remains were cremated. See online guest book at cromwellfuneralhome.net.

James Wendell Gifford

James Wendell Gifford, 83, of Austin, Texas, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, after a two year battle with cancer. Born in Ashley County on June 12, 1925, to James A. Gifford and Willie Jordan Gifford, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II, receiving the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and was awarded five Bronze Stars. He married Audrey Summerland on December 10, 1947. He started his career as a farmer, and they moved to Austin in December 1950. After retiring from the 7-UP Bottling Company, he went to work for Skaggs-Albertson. Wendell was an avid hunter and fisherman and was known for his skill at the barbecue pit.

Survivors include his wife of almost 61 years, Audrey L.; a son, James Gifford and wife Linda of Del Valle, TX; daughters, Marie Gifford of Austin, Rita Havelka and husband Steve of Georgetown, TX, and Julia Alexander and husband Si of Leander, TX; eight grandchildren, James R. Gifford and wife Fatimah, Erin Flood and husband Michael, Blake Havelka and wife Sarah, Hillary Moncivais and husband Noah, Erica, Sarah andTamara Terrell and Silas Alexander; great-grandchildren, Elijah and Micah Gifford, Samantha and Hunter Flood and Reid Alan Havelka; and foster grandchildren, Jason Nichols and Leslye Norton husband Bryan and children, Kassandra, Shawn and Wyatt Norton; two brothers, Cecil and Clifton Gifford; a sister, Betty Gillingham; and nephews, Eugene, Greg, Cliff and Robert Gifford. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Glenn; three sisters, Rachel, Ruth and Julia; and a foster son, Bob Nichols.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 25, at 10 a.m., at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks- Memorial Chapel, with burial following at Cook Walden-Capital Cemetery.

Louise Ludlam Giles

Louise Ludlam Giles, 85, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 30, 2008, at her residence. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for many years, she had lived in many places around the world with her husband who was in the United States Air Force. She was a homemaker, a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Annie Pryor Sunday School Class and a former member of the Hamburg Garden Club. She was an avid bridge player and loved big band music.

She is survived by a son, William Giles of Hamburg; two daughters, Nancy Scroggins of Hamburg and Ginger Gluck of Charlotte, North Carolina; a brother, Miller Ludlam of Hamburg; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Allen Giles, in 1980; her parents, Gilbert & Charlie Mae Bradley Ludlam; and a sister, Betty Sink.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 4, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Ludlam, Bill Ludlam, Miller Grimmett, Charlie Grimmett, Cody Giles, John Scroggins, Jeffery Cluck, Bill Givens and Derrick Givens. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Madeline Harrison

Madeline Harrison, 85, of Strong died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at her residence. She was born September 10, 1923, in New Union, AR, to Charles Conard King and Clemmie Elizabeth Ramey King. A bookkeeper for ConAgra, she was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include three children, Bill Thompson and wife Sherry of Crossett, Dwayne Harrison and wife Pat of Waunakee, WI, and Vicki Dodd and husband Danny of Crossett; six grandchildren, Erica Rogers, Alisha Harrison, Cori Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Gina Dodd and Karen Cross; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Rogers, Dakota Rogers and Devon Harrison. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Marvin Harrison; three brothers Aubrey, Bill and Preston King; and three sisters, Nora King, Dovie Cullum and Elvie Kemp.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday November 30, at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church with Revs. Robert Davis and Richard Cullum officiating. Burial followed at Ebenezer Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Cemetery Fund, 370 Camp Rd., Strong, AR 71765. An online guest registry is available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com

Icy Lee Jenkins

Icy Lee Pippen Jenkins, 89, of Crossett died Saturday, November 29, 2008. Born on January 22, 1919, in Crossett to the late Jeff and Dora Swan Pippen, Mrs. Jenkins was a homemaker and an active member of Beulahland Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed fishing, quilting and visiting with her family and friends.

Survivors include six sons, Kenny Jenkins and wife Janice of Crossett, Glen Jenkins and wife Sarah of Corsicana, TX, Gilbert Jenkins and wife Avanell of Bryant, Robert Jenkins and wife Pat of Crossett, Bobby Jenkins and wife Gwen of Monroe, LA, and W.J. Jenkins and wife Linda of Bartlett, TN; 13 grandchildren, Kim Reed, Pam Rivers, Jason Jenkins, Carmen Austin, Greg Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Bridgette Rogers, Krista Jenkins, Jeff Jenkins, Brian Jenkins, Tiffany Donald, Kristen Jenkins Kellum and Troy Jenkins; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Lee Jenkins, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, December 1, at Beulahland Assembly of God with Glen Jenkins, Greg Jenkins and Don Ashcraft officiating.

Pallbearers were Mike Roberts, Harold Roberts, Billy Roberts, B. J. Pippen, Mike Pippen and Lonnie Raymond Pippen. Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Medical Center Foundation, P. O. Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635.

See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Donald Harold Poole

Donald Harold Poole, 62, of Oak Grove, LA, died at his home on Monday, November, 24, 2008 He was born November 2, 1947, in Lake Village.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty Poole of Kilbourne, LA; four children, Leslie Shipman and husband Don of Lake Village, Gene Ashburn of Jackson, LA, Cheryl Newell and husband Carlton of Kilbourne and Christy Poole and Keith Nichols of Kilbourne; his mother, Florence King of Eudora; eight grandchildren, Joshua Blake Ashburn and wife Kasie of Kilbourne, Phillip Daniel Asburn Eubanks of Virginia Beach, VA, Shelby Lynn Ashburn of Oak Grove, LA, Whitney Brooke Shipman of Lake Village, Donald Cameron Brett Nolan, Lawson Newell, Croy Newell and Violet Newell of Kilbourne; five great-grandchildren, Chad Michael Ashburn, Madison Ne 'Cole Ashburn, Tyler Allen Tassin, Landon Chase Ashburn and Emilee Claire Ashburn; an uncle, C.B. "Gene" Poole and wife Mildred of Eudora; five aunts, Juanita Downing of Jackson, MS,; Hazel Fillpot and husband Joe of College Station, TX, Audrey Gifford of Austin, TX, Ellen Burdick of California; and Rachael Summerland of Hamburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Poole; step­father, Rabon King; step-mother, Mildred Poole; and an uncle, Wendell Gifford.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Oak Grove with Revs. Mike Howard, Bud O'Neal, and James Kitchens officiating. Pallbearers were Shane Ard, Bobby Boney, David Byrd, Rex Olliver, Scott Costello, David Brumley, Wayne Duckworth, and Richard Castilaw. Honorary pallbearers were Carlton Ward, Ronald "Reek" Ashcraft, Raymond and Josh Blanset, Brian Allen, Coty Ashcraft, Doug Green, and Ricky Newell.

Burial followed in Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Holly Funeral Home in Oak Grove. Condolences may be left for the family at brownhollyfuneralhomes.com.

Bobby Joe "Bo" Rice

Bobby Joe "Bo" Rice, 71, of Monticello died Thursday, November 27, 2008, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born April 9, 1937, in Portland to the late John Henry and Mamie Blount Rice, he worked as a truck driver and farm and ranch hand and was an U. S. Army veteran and a member of the Portland Baptist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and working with horses.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny Rice and wife Karla of Monticello, Bobby Rice of Alabama and B. J. Rice of Snyder; three daughters, Julie Kinnaird and husband Phil of Hamburg, Renee Ferrell and husband Tommy of Hermitage and Carolina Nichols and husband Craig of Snyder; three sisters, Ella Mae Jackson of Crossett, Corleen Satterfield of Dumas and Rosie Spencer of Conway; eleven grandchildren, Crystal Pippen, Joey and Kathy Rice, John Phillip Kinnaird and wife Mandy, Bobby W. Rice, Jr., Chris Rice, Kayla Hollis and husband Josh, Steve and Courtney Ferrell, Kaleb Nichols and Lane Rice; and two great-grandchildren, Colton Pippen and Brodie Rice. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Rice and Carrol Rice; a sister, Ethel Burgess; and a grandson, Derek Nichols.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 30, in the Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Revs. E. W. Ricks and Sammy Land officiating.

Pallbearers were Kerry Withers, David Forrest, Shane Barnett, Robert Greenwood, Steve Kinzalow and Johnny Piper. Honorary pallbearers were Denver Burns, Lewis Ricks, George Donaldson, Ralph Jackson, Jimmy Orrell, Horace Kinzalow, W. J. McKiever, Bud Botsford, Stevie Lee Wilson, James Trantham and Jake Gay.

Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery.

Obituaries Published December 10

Gene L. Barnett

Gene Lafayette Barnett, 70, of Bastrop, LA, formerly of Jones, LA, died Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. He was born in Crossett on December 10, 1937, to the late Toby Barnett and Leavy Rice Barnett and was a retired farmer with Larrison Enterprises in Jones. He was a member of the Bonita Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Judy Barnett of Jones; three sons, Vincent Barnett and wife Betty of Des Arc, Toby Barnett and wife Lori of Valley Falls, Kansas, and Wesley Barnett and wife Michelle of Crossett; two brothers, LeRoy Barnett and wife Julia of Bonita and Joe Barnett and wife Lana of Crossett; three granddaughters, Suzette Robinson of Bay Town, Texas, Jerri Richardson of Des Arc and Somer Barnett of Crossett; three grandsons, Zach Barnett of Crossett and Derek and Dalton Barnett both of Valley Falls, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 6, at the Bonita Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Simons and Doug Edwards officiating. Pallbearers were James Ed Woods, Jimmy Crenshaw, Jerry Crenshaw, David Davidson, Henry Ray Sowers and Ed Hartness. Honorary pallbearers were Harry Mayo and Bob, Roy, J.B. and Gary Crymes. Burial followed at the Sims Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop. See online guest book at http://www.obit.coxfuneral.com.

Sybil Callaway Barksdale

Sybil Callaway Barksdale, 85, of Curtis, died Saturday, December 6, 2008, at Heather Manor in Hope. Born August 2, 1923, the daughter of Sam D. and Fay Patterson Callaway, she was a wife, mother and homemaker until 1956 when she enrolled in the Arkadelphia School of Cosmetology. Upon finishing her studies there, she opened her own beauty shop and served as owner and operator for 25 years. In 1982 she became a foster grandparent at Perritt Elementary School. In 1986 she was asked to come to Ouachita Baptist University as a dorm mom at O. C. Bailey Dorm and remained in this position until 1999. After retirement from OBU she returned to the public school system at Perritt Elementary. She served in several capacities at Curtis Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Hazel Hawkins and husband Mark of Parkdale, Judy Plyler and husband Wendell of Benton and Kathy Clark and husband Gary of Hope; one son, David Barksdale and wife Sandy of Texarkana, TX; two sisters, Lois McAnally of Prescott and Sammie Jean Henry of Marion; a special sister-in-law, Agnes Stone of Whelen Springs; a brother-in-law, Ben Metcalf of Curtis; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Harold Barksdale, two brothers, James "Sonny" Callaway and Paul Davis Callaway, and two sisters, Helen Holloway and Jessie Metcalf, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, in Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel in Arkadelphia with Rev. James Guthrie officiating. Burial was to follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation or Curtis Baptist Church. Sign online register at www.ruggleswilcox.com.

Rozena Lynn Finch

Rozena Lynn Finch, 38, of Lake Village, died Monday, December 1, 2008, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born February 5, 1970, in Cleveland, Mississippi, to the late Joe Thronson and Carolyn Homes Thronson of Greenville, MS, she was a housewife and a member of the Faith Fellowship Church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenny Finch of Lake Village; two sons, Brandon Clark of Greenville and Colt Finch of Lake Village; four stepsons, Kenneth Finch, Jr., of Lake Village, Nick Finch and Lewis Finch of Kilbourne, Louisiana., and Justin Finch of Florida; a daughter, Amanda Jordan of Greenville; two stepdaughters, Ashley Knight of Kilbourne and Cindy Valle of Crossett; two brothers, John Roberson and James Cantrell of Greenville; a stepbrother, Ronny Thronson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a sister, Karen Fullerton of Greenville; two stepsisters, Valarie Thronson and Cindy Thronson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Saturday, December 6, at the Faith Fellowship Church in Lake Village with Bro. Russell Priske officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Miles Kurtis O'Fallon

Miles Kurtis O'Fallon, 19, of Laneville, Texas, died Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Born in Bastrop, LA, on March 19, 1989, he had lived in Laneville for eight years. He graduated from Mount Enterprise High School in 2008 and was a member of the football and basketball teams and was also very active in the agriculture program at the school. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to fish and hunt, and a devout Arkansas Razorback fan. He was employed as a welder's helper with Nomac Drilling Company and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and served as a volunteer for the Laneville Fire Department.

Surviving are his parents, Keith and Glenda O'Fallon of Laneville; a brother, Matthew O'Fallon and wife Rachel of Abilene; grandmothers, Jean Harris of Oak Grove, LA, and Pennie O'Fallon of Denham Springs, LA; aunts and uncles, Doris and Fletcher Lassiter of Portland, Lynn and Phil White of Kilbourne, LA, Raymond and Cyd Harris of Lake Providene, LA, Steven Harris of Delhi, LA, Jeff and Cathy Harris of West Monroe, LA, Lettie and Ronnie Griffis of Dayton, TX, and Charlotte Welch of Denham Springs; and numerous cousins. Miles was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Waller Brian Harris and Lawrence Curtis O'Fallon.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6, in the Mount Enterprise High School gym with Rev. Joe Orr officiating. Pallbearers were Billy King, Tommy Fears, Mark Tidwell, Justin Pierce, Justin Stafford, and Stephen James.

Private burial will be at Laneville Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Henderson. Memorials maybe made to the Laneville Volunteer Fire Department or to any Rusk County Ag Department. See online guest book at www.raderfh.com.

Willie Ione Mahfouz

Willie Ione Mahfouz, 72, of Crossett, formerly of Texas, died Friday, December 5, 2008, at her residence. A resident of Texas most of her life, she had lived in Crossett for the past month. She was a retired waitress and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by one son, Jack "Mike" Pruitt of Vale, AZ; one daughter, Cheryl Louise and husband Charlie Fisher of El Dorado; one daughter-in-law, Dian Pruitt of El Dorado; two sisters, Norma Nichols of Odessa, TX, and Mary and husband Joe Holzer of Lovington, NM; seven grandchildren, Samantha Duggins of Monroe, LA, Robert and wife Janette Ramirez, David Pruitt, John and wife Shelle Pruitt and Jennifer and husband Jonathan Bryan of El Dorado, Jay Pruitt and wife Tammy Pruitt of Downey, CA, and Jason Pruitt of Little Rock; twelve great-grandchildren and her extended family, Wanda Zelazney, Debra and husband John Blake of Abilene, TX, Tony and wife Tammy Doyle of Gun Barrel City, TX, Jennifer and husband Richard Doiron, Jamie and husband LJ Puente, all of Beaumont, TX, Bryan and wife Sarah Baird, Kurtis Doyle and Susie and Tracey Schlarmann all of Dallax, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Newman and Mary McGinn Lasley; two sisters, Merlene Louise Lasley and Dorothy Faye Rice; one son, James David Pruitt; and her long time companion, Dan Doyle.

Memorial services were Sunday, December 7, at 1 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. The remains were cremated. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Fredrick Burt Montgomery

Fredrick Burt Montgomery, 36, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, a construction worker, and a member of Fudge Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Genie Montgomery & Vera Mae Pam, and his paternal grandfather, Johnny Canley.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Regina Montgomery; three daughters, Charmaine, Jacqueline and Tkia Montgomery, all of Crossett; his parents, Rev. Eddie and Patricia Williams of Crossett; three brothers, Ricky Montgomery, Charles Montgomery and Derrick Williams, all of Crossett; one sister, Jacqueline Williams of San Antonio, TX; his paternal grandmother, Claudie Radford of Crossett; and a host of uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.

Services were Monday, December 8, at 1 p.m. at Living Word Church of God in Christ with Minister Derrick Hayes officiating. Pallbearers were Ulish Haynes, Jr., Troy Webb, Rodney Bouie, Jeremy Ellis, Kirby Newsome, Jessie Montgomery, James Webb and Deshun Manning. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky, Charles and Torey Montgomery, Brian Wright and Derrick, Rodney, Corey and Herbert Williams.

Burial followed services at the Ryles Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Willie Mae Smith

Willie Mae Smith, 71, of Lake Village died Thursday, December 4, 2008, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Lonoke County and a Lake Village resident for the past 53 years, she was a store owner and a member of the Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Billy Ray Smith of Lake Village; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Willie Smith.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Saturday, December 13, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard Brown officiating. Pallbearers will be Wayne Green, Paul Smith, Omar Smith, Brandon Tolliver, Jimmy McCree and Patrick Williams. Burial will follow services at the New Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the New Hope Baptist Church. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Johnny Ray Taylor

Johnny Ray Taylor, 57, of Crossett died Sunday, December 7, 2008, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was a truck driver, a Baptist and a veteran of the U. S. Army.\

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Vela Sue Biggs Taylor; three sons, Frank and wife Shelly Atkinson of Woodlawn, Johnny Kelley of Nashville, TN, and Jason Kelley of Crossett; three stepsons, Keith Blunt of Crossett, Kevin Blunt and wife Jennifer of New Rhodes, LA, and Willie and wife Sue Swires of Killeen, TX; two daughters, Jessie Frisby and Jennifer and husband Jay Bates of Monticello; one stepdaughter, Nonika Swires of Panama City, FL: two foster daughters, Joyce Jones and Betty and husband Patrick Ray of Crossett; two brothers, James and Tommy Johnson of Crossett; three sisters, Mary and husband Bobby Stephens of El Dorado, LaFran and husband Perry Singleton of Bastrop, LA, and Laverne and husband David Carter of Jonesville; 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Taylor and Billie Dove Johnson; three brothers, Billy Joe, Don and Carl Johnson; two sisters, Elizabeth and Nomaner Johnson; two grandchildren; and his stepfather, Joseph Johnson.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, in the Pleasant Lane Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Haas officiating. The remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published December 17

Tiny Bell Savage Haynes

Tiny Bell Savage Haynes, 83, of Hamburg died Friday, December 12, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Hamburg and a resident of the Berlin community south of Hamburg all of her life, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by five sons; Curtis, Aubrey, John and Larry Haynes, all of Hamburg, and Harold Haynes of Palm Beach, FL; two daughters, Leonia Crass and Shirley Haynes, both of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Lee Haynes, in 1968; a son, William Lee Haynes; a daughter, Christine Haynes; her parents, Lonnie & Edna Pollock Savage; three brothers, Emory, Vernon and Wesley Savage; and two sisters, Joe May Cross and Lila Ruth Hanson.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were at 10 a.m., Monday, December 15, in the Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. James Fleming officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ronald Pollock, Herman Gates, Billy Wayne Cross, Scott Crass, Edward Cross, Melvin Cross and Trapper Holland. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Inc. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Bettie Dillon Riggin

Bettie Mae Dillon Riggin, 92, of Little Rock died Sunday, December 14, 2008, at the Hot Springs County Medical Center in Malvern. Mrs. Riggin was born in Tide in Ashley County on July 23, 1916. A resident of Little Rock since 2004 and a former resident of Portland, she was a homemaker and a member of the Portland United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served as an officer in the former Little Rock Conference of United Methodist Women and was president of the former Monticello District of United Methodist Women. She served as Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 591 of Portland.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann Ashcraft of Jones Mill; three sons, Dale Riggin of Benton; Don Riggin and wife Dee of Little Rock and Dean Riggin and wife Barbara of Mabelvale; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews..

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Robert Louis Riggin, a clergyman in the United Methodist Church of the former Little Rock Conference; her parents, Thomas Martin & Gertrude Lee Morman Dillon; three brothers and one sister.

Memorial services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Terri Lynn Bunnell officiating. Burial was to be at the Wilmot Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Camp Aldersgate, 2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR 72205 or to the Methodist Family Health, 1600 Aldersgate Road, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Willie Mae Smith

Willie Mae Smith, 71, of Lake Village died Thursday, December 4, 2008, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Lonoke County and a Lake Village resident for the past 53 years, she was a store owner and a member of the Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Willie Smith; one son, Billy Ray Smith of Lake Village; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 12 noon on Saturday, December 13, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Green, Paul Smith, Omar Smith, Brandon Tolliver, Jimmy McCree and Patrick Williams. Burial followed services at the New Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Allen Cleveland Tucker

Allen Cleveland "Bigon" Tucker, 71, of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg, died Saturday, December 13, 2008, at Oak Woods Nursing Home in Mer Rouge. A native of Ashley County and a retiree of the Georgia Pacific flake board plant, he was a member of Campground AME Church.

He is survived by one brother, Carl Lee and wife Gertharene Tucker of Crossett; and two sisters, Lorise Jones of Chicago, IL, and Alice "Windom" Johnson of East St Louis, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Uz Harper Tucker; one sister, Uzell Tucker; and three brothers, Vasco, Larry and Jessie Tucker.

Funeral services are Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Campground AME Church with the Rev. Carl Hammock officiating. Pallbearers are to be Preston Hawkins, Jerry Hawkins, Clifton Hawkins, Johnny Lee Hampton, James Hampton, Ray Johnson, Freddie Hubbard and Cal Tucker. Burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published December 24

Leon Crouch

Leon Crouch, 74, of Hamburg died Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg and Fountain Hill for most of his life, he retired from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in 1993 after 30 years of service. He attended Cloverdale Assembly of God Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Johnny Martin Deer Camp.

He is survived by two brothers, Arthur Crouch, Jr., and wife Jolaine and Edward Crouch and wife Judy, all of Hamburg; a sister, Emma Jo Jones and husband Franci, of Hector; a very special friend, Joyce Fairchild of Hamburg; his lifelong friend, Bobby Ray Graham of Fountain Hill; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur & Lucy Lee Crouch.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 20, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. Justin Uselton and Norman Riordan officiating. Burial followed at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Crouch, Wesley Crouch, Dale Jones, Frank Jones, Ricky Jones and Glen Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Ray Graham, Francis Jones and the members of the Johnny Martin Deer Camp. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God, 132 Ashley 15 Road, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

John Henry Haynes, Jr.

John Henry "Son" Haynes, Jr., 72, of Crossett died Sunday, December 14, 2008, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Crossett and a veteran of the U.S. Army who retired after 32 years with the U.S. Postal Service, he was a member of Gates Chapel AME Methodist Church.

He is survived by one son, Fredrick Haynes of Peoria, AZ; one daughter, Christel V. Haynes of North Ridge, CA, one step-son, Lance Kelly of CA, and three step-daughters, Solitha Brown of North Ridge, CA, June Milan of Pacoima, CA, and April Thomas of Sacramento, CA; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. & Mattie Edwards Haynes; one brother, George Willie Haynes; and one sister, Jeannette Haynes William.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, December 19, at Gates Chapel AME Church with the Revs. Tyrone Broomfield and Gregory C. Nettles officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Tucker, Maurice Williams, Tony Allen, James Adam, Ira Jackson, and Donald Flintroy. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

James Hubbard

James Hubbard, 88, of Crossett died Friday, December 19, 2008, at the Golden Living Center. Born on November 8, 1920, in Bevins, TX, to the late Luke and Virginia Jane Hubbard, he was a former instrument supervisor at Agrico Chemical Plant in Donaldsonville, LA, and an U. S. Army medic in World War II. He was a member of the Andy's coffee club and enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Hubbard was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy L. Hubbard and wife Pat of Crossett; one daughter, Gail Reed of Crossett; grandchildren, Teresa McQueen, Michelle Moffatt, Ashley Reed and Amy Reed; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and a granddaughter, Renee Hubbard.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, December 22, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Don Justice officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were R. E. Thomas, Bill Ferguson, Jacob Lee, Russell Moffatt, Heath Morgan and Guy DesMarais. Memorials may be made to South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, c/o James Harrison, 1001 Ash, Crossett, AR 71635. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ruby Gay Miller

Ruby Gay Miller, 48, of Pine Bluff died Tuesday, December 16, 2008. She was born in Longview to the late O. D. and Willie Mae Miller.

Survivors include seven brothers, Clarence and David Miller of Hamburg, Otis, Chester, Sim and Willie Miller of Crossett, Mark Miller of Monticello and Joseph Miller of Pine Bluff; and three sisters, Flossie Allen of Dallas and Gloria Paskel and Sandra Edgerson of Pine Bluff.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 21, at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance in Hamburg with Rev. Mary Arnold officiating. Burial was at the Longview Cemetery with arrangements by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff and Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Bonnie Jackson Person

Bonnie Jackson Person, 73, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 18, 2008, at her daughter's residence in Blytheville. A native of Fayetteville, a resident of Hamburg for most of her life except for the time spent with her husband who was in the United States Army, and in January, she moved to Blytheville with her daughter, Nancy. She graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953 and attended Memphis State University. She was a former teacher, a former director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the former owner of the Midway Plaza Motel in Hamburg and Person Printing in Crossett. She served on the Ashley County Fair Board for 31 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Thom Person and wife Joyce of Arkadelphia and David Person and wife Samantha of Crossett; three daughters, Susan Person of Troy, Ohio, Nancy Tacorda and husband Chuck of Blytheville and Amy Vickery and husband Chris of Columbus, MS; a brother, Richard H. Jackson of Waco, Texas; a sister, Ann Bachman of Dayton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren, Shelly Hudspeth, Crystal Oden, Joey Nesseth, Rachel Graves, Amanda Herring, Brandi Watt, Elizabeth Kessler, Charles (Chip) Tacorda and Mary, Sarah, David, John, Eddie, Rebekah, Ben A., Adam and Willy Person; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edwin Person, in 1984; and her parents, Howard R. & Lola Mae Woods Jackson.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, December 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Jackson officiating. Burial followed at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Herring, Adam, Willy and David Person, Michael Hudspeth and Joey Nesseth. Honorary pallbearers were Albert Kusterin, Berry Griever, Buddy Griever, Keith Atkins, Bob Marter, Willie Cromwell, Myron Harrison, Ben Tyler Harrison, Herman Hamilton, Dennis Thurman, Debbie Ladd, Hazel Richards, Harold Jackson and Danny Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Museum, c/o Leslie Foote, 503 E. Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646 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. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Myrtle Sadler

Myrtle Sadler, 90, of Portland died December 18, 2008, at the Dermott City Nursing Home. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Portland for most of her life, she was a homemaker and a member of the Portland Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Kimbrell and husband George of North Little Rock; four sons, Bobby Sadler and wife Martha of McGehee, Billy Sadler and Jimmie Sadler and wife Janice, all of Portland, and Jerry Sadler and wife Marsha of Rogers; a brother, Charles Doss and wife Bobbie; a sister, Rachel Impson, all of Springhill, LA; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Easel Sadler, in 1996; her parents, Charlie & Ida Pearl Farmer Doss; two brothers, Clifton and Clinton Doss; and four sisters, Zora Allison, Loyce Strother, Francis Sawyer and Pearlene Sivils.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 21, in the Portland Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Mason officiating. Burial followed at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Sadler, Steve Hackersmith, Brian Kimbrell, Jay Sadler, Davis Kersey, Mat Dellinger, Matthew Crane and Erroll Barrett. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO 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 December 31

Melinda Kelley Chadwick

Melinda Kelley Ferguson Chadwick, 37, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 27, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born October 5, 1971, in Bastrop, LA, she was a certified nurse's assistant and a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Stephan Chadwick of Hamburg; two sons, Cody Allen Ferguson of Hot Springs and Blake Allen Chadwick of White City, FL; two daughters, Megan Nicole Ferguson of Crossett and Tiffany Michelle Chadwick of White City; her mother, Joselyn Gray Wykoff of Hot Springs; her father, Robert Lee Kelley of Crossett; two brothers, Bobby Dean Kelley of Hamburg and Robin Lee Kelley of Dothan, AL; and her grandmother, Marie Elton Gray of Hamburg.

Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, with Rev. Keith Bozeman officiating at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.

Patsy Lee Falls

Patsy Lee Dunnahoc Falls, 54, of Greenbrier died Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Born July 26, 1954, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Dunnahoc of Watson, a graduate of Delta High School in Rohwer and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She was a member of Wooster Baptist Church where she was a preschool Sunday School teacher,

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, George Falls; two daughters, Jennifer McCune and husband Steve of Greenbrier and Amber Rensel of Greenbrier; two grandchildren, Jared McCune and Abagail Rensei of Greenbrier; one brother, I, D. Dunnahoc of McGehee; and five sisters, Mazy Alice Cooper of McGehee, Mazy Frances Spencer of Little Rock, Eunice King of McGehee, Barbara Giliurn of Arkadelphia and Phyllis Kitchell of Bryant.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, at South McGehee Baptist Church with Bro. Torn Williams and Braman Pryor officiating. Burial followed at the Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill with arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service of McGehee.

R. J. Goodwin

R. J. Goodwin, 87, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Born on April 2, 1921, in Ashley County to his late parents, Joe C. and Claude Carter Goodwin, he was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and was retired from Georgia Pacific's Chemical Division. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Roberts Goodwin of Crossett; two sons, Larry Goodwin and wife Colene and Roddy Goodwin and wife Shirley; two daughters, Faye Kelley and husband Richard and Vanessa Rodgers and husband Randy, all of Crossett; one brother, Gillis Goodwin of Fort Worth, TX; one sister, Ritchie Mae Hunter of Sibley, LA; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Leslie Goodwin, Henry Goodwin, and Ralph Goodwin; and one sister, Lona Lee Moran.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with David Tohlen officiating. Pallbearers were Phillip Goodwin, Donnie Goodwin, Kenneth Moran, T. J. Moran, Doyle Pennington and Paul Rowe. Honorary pallbearers were Lurrell Pennington and Dewey Deal.

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

Mamie Ruth Hurndon

Mamie Ruth Hurndon, 59, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 24, 2008, at Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado. She was a native of Crossett, a Baptist, and a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Cordell Edwards of Crossett; two sons, Melvin Hurndon, Jr., and Cordell Edwards, Jr., Crossett; a daughter, Tina Marie Hurndon of Kenosha, WI; her mother, Katie Graves; two brothers, Curtis Watkins of Tampa, FL, and Frankie Lee Tillis of Kenosha, WI; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Hubbard; her father, Albert Hubbard; and a sister, Mary Hubbard.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, December 29, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jessie Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Felton Williams, Charles Moore, Tony Barnett, Joe Williams, Patrick Nalls, and Melvin Nalls. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Hoover Lewis

Hoover Lewis, 80, of Hamburg died Friday, December 12, 2008, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Boydell, he was a retired laborer and a member of Emanuel Church of God in Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Jenkins Lewis; one son, Kevin Lewis of Detroit, MI, four step-sons, Gregory Porter, Andre Porter, Levon Porter, Ronnie Porter, all of Detroit; one step-daughter, Luella Porter of Detroit; and one brother, Joseph Carlton Lewis of Montrose. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac Lewis and Nancy Spratt Lewis; one brother, Roosevelt Lewis; one sister, Artensil Lewis Crook; and two sons, John H. Lewis & Keith Lewis.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 27, at Soldiers Chapel AME Church, 906 Pine St., Hamburg, with Elder Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Gary Williamson, Arthur Wilson, Lee Edward Plummer, Donna F. Simpson, Jessie Banks, Richard Thompson, and Carl Cox. Honorary pallbearers were nephews of the Lewis & Crook families. Burial followed at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Bernice S. Watt

Bernice S. Watt, 77, of Mena, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, December 23, 2008 in Mena. She was born April 24, 1931, in Mena to the late Milam Davis and Neely Mullins Davis. She was a waitress, a member of the First Assembly of God in Mena and a community volunteer.

Survivors are her husband, Willie Van Watt of Hamburg; sons, Jerry Wayne Crow of Tennessee, Jimmy Crow of Washington, VA and Danny Lau of Mesquite, Texas; a brother, Bill Davis of Mena; sisters, Wanda Blackshear and husband James of Mena, Geneva Lou Davis Cagle and husband Russell of Rowlett, Texas, and Ethel Clegg of Mena; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Theresa Ogletree of Russellville; and two stepsons, Junior Watt of Hamburg and Frankie Watt of Texas. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Crow; her brother, George Roy Davis; and her sisters, Gladys Embrey, Buna Smith and Maggie Williams.

Funeral service were at 10 a.m. Friday, December 26, in the First Assembly of God with Brother Ron Tilley officiating.

Burial followed at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Cameron Foster, Russell Cagle, John Turk, Randy Phillips, Louis Phillips, and Lyndell Lyda. See online guest book at http://www.webfh.com/fh/home/home.cfm?&fh_id=10287.

Bradley Leon White

Bradley Leon White, 26, of Johnsville died Saturday, December 27, 2008, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Johnsville for the past 20 years.

He is survived by his parents, Rhonda Sawyer White of Johnsville and Leon White of Warren; a half sister, Michelle Kelley of Crossett; his grandmother, Hazel Pauline White of Crossett; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Robert and Alma A. Sawyer and Harvelle Leon White, Sr.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, December 29, at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Johnsville with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial followed at the Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Kelley, Danny Rainey, Clay Lowery, Bruce Boykin, Scotty Ferrell and Michael White. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Rainey, Donny Lowery and Eugene Davis. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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