February 6

Lillian Aiken

Lillian Aiken, 94, of Crossett died Sunday, February 3, 2008. Born on March 4, 1913, in Ashley County to Benjamin Wyatt "B.W." and Ettie Sivils Jones, she was a homemaker and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie I. Aiken; one daughter, Dorothy Carpenter; and two sons, Bobby Joe Aiken and Jackie Aiken.

Survivors include one daughter, Pat Lochala of Crossett; one sister, Mary Ellen Bays of Crossett; twelve grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 6, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation will be held from 5 n 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at the funeral home. www.jonesservice.com.

Charles Joe Blackburn

Charles Joe Blackburn, 82, of Crossett died Sunday, February 3, 2008. Born on November 8, 1925, to Thomas F. and Mamie Marie Weems Blackburn, he was a Navy veteran and a construction worker and liked to read. Mr. Blackburn was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Thomas and Willard Blackburn, and a sister, Helen Lewis.

Survivors include three sons, Joe Blackburn and wife Judy of Crossett, Marty Blackburn of Dallas, TX, and Billy Blackburn of Crossett; one daughter, Helen Edwards and husband George of Calhoun, LA; two brothers, Robert Blackburn of Portland, ME, and Jack Blackburn of Palm Springs, CA; one sister, Nancy Bally of St. Augustine, FL; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Brent Hutsell officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. www.jonesservice.com

Verda Mae Jenkins

Verda Mae Jenkins, 73, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at her residence. A lifelong resident of the Cooter community outside Crossett, she was retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Christopher D. and wife Brenda Jenkins of Jacksonville; one daughter, Sandra M. and husband Louie Gammel of Crossett; three sisters, one brother, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Cordell Jenkins; a sister, Norma Jean Fleming; and a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Mae Gammel.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. John Martar and Jeremy Martin officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Barnett, Louis Maxwell, Billy Faye Jeffreys, Tony Lee, Jeremy Martin and Parrish Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Rickman and Darrell Stephenson. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Verna Carter Morgan

Verna Lee Carter Morgan, 89, of Crossett died Saturday, February 2, 2008. Born in Crossett on May 20, 1917, to Oscar Lee Carter & Maudie Belle Smith Carter, she was Crossett Public Librarian from 1938 n 1943 and later worked in the IBM office. She married Lem Newton Morgan on January 16, 1947. A life-long member of Magnolia Baptist Church of Crossett, she joined Antioch Baptist Church in McGehee after moving to Desha County at the death of her husband in 1996. She was a resident of Crestpark Inn in Stuttgart at the time of her death.

Survivors include two children, Larry Ellis Morgan & wife Debra of Coushatta, LA, and Anna Louise Morgan Bates of Stuttgart; eight grandchildren, John Morgan of New Port Richey, FL, Jennifer Morgan of Coushatta, Danny Chance, Jr., of Dumas, Leslie Chance Paquin of Tillar, Danny Bates, Sharon Bates Harris, & Keith Bates all of Dumas and David Bates of Deer Park, TX; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Katie Joe Carter Morgan and Billie Carter Fisher & husband Norman, all of Crossett; and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, grandsons Patrick Wayne Morgan & John Wesley Bates; sisters Sibyl Carter Berry & Dorothy Carter Deal; brothers-in-law Charles C. Baxter, John E. Harrod, F. Knighten Morgan, Tim S. Berry, and C. Frank Deal, and a son-in-law Lamar 'Monk' Bates.

Funeral services were planned for the Magnolia Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 5, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Billy R. Carter officiating. Pallbearers were to be Chuck Baxter, Paul Baxter, Gayle Deal, Eddie Deal, Don Sullivan, Kenneth Morgan, Dean Holland, Billy Lafoon, Edward Nugent and Terry Welchel. Burial was to follow at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com

Maxine Earline Pittman

Maxine Earline Pittman, 80, of Caraway died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, in Jonesboro. Born November 12, 1927, at Bay to Herman Hickman and Vesta Chaffin Brooks, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She and her husband, Bud Pittman, lived in the Portland area for 35 years before moving back to Caraway. They farmed and were among the first catfish farmers in the Portland area.

Survivors are a son, Don Barnett and wife Delores of Thida; two daughters, Sharon Ross of Bartlett, TN, and Iris Brooks of Portland; eight grandchildren, Mary McDougal of Thida, Carol Davis and husband Tony of Amagon, James Barnett of Cash, Larry Ross of Memphis, TN, Stephanie Shields and husband Lynn of Collierville, TN, Dana Brooks of Gainesville, FL, Missy Selby and husband Jarad of Portland and Kim Brooks of Portland; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde "Son" Barnett and her second husband, Binford "Bud" Pittman.

Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Friday, January 25, in Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel. www.jacksonsfh.com

Maurice Glynn Summers

Maurice Glynn Summers, 85, of Crossett died Thursday, January 31, 2008. Born October 22, 1922, to the late Earl W. and Blanche McMillan Summers, he served his country in the U. S. Army in World War II. He spent his life doing construction work and was the former owner of Summers Building Supply. He was a 50 year Mason, a member of the Carter-Stephens Hunting Club and Crossett Riding Club and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Edith P. Thomas, and his step-mother, Josephine Summers.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cora Mae Jones Summers of Crossett; one son, Glynn D. Summers of Silsbee, TX; one daughter, Becky Taplin and husband Glenn of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Frank Summers and wife Blanche of Timpson, TX; one sister, Earlene Laskey and husband Ray of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Allison Taplin Bryan, Amanda Taplin Willett, Kimberly Summers Witzsche, Jaime Summers Dean, and Ryan Taplin; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 2, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bros. Jeff Smart and Clyde Jones officiating.

Pallbearers were Jerry Summers, Dale Summers, Sercy Thomas, Don Jones, Barney White, and Steve Cypert.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

February 13

Minnie Brennon

Minnie Brennon, 69, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Hugo, OK, and a resident of Crossett for the past 66 years, she was a retired cashier and a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Charles D. Brennon of Crossett; three daughters, Karla Addington, Karen and husband Timothy Haas, all of Crossett, and Sue Brennon of Snyder; a brother, W.L. Brantley of Brinkley; two sisters, Oleda Gardner of Crossett and Lettie Moore of Camden; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Brennon; her parents, Waymond and Leona Cornelison Brantley; a sister, Irene Willis; and a brother, D.C. Brantley.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Roy Grantham and Donnie Dubose officiating.

Pallbearers were John Lewis, Martin Hopper, Dennis Banks, Merchell Carpenter, Burl Welsey Toler and Jimmy Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Eubanks, William Coleman and Steve Courson.

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

Carolyn Sue Ann Davis

Carolyn Sue Ann Davis 54, of Crossett died Friday February 1, 2008, at her daughter's home in Crossett. She was born July 12, 1953, to the late Henry and Leatha Ritter Yon. Ms. Davis was a homemaker.

Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Potts of Sheridan, Mindy Davidson and husband Calvin of Sheridan and Melissa Smith and husband Jason of Crossett; one brother, one sister and nine grandchildren. Private services were held by the family. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com

Beatrice Lee Huggins

Beatrice Lee Huggins, 86, of Hamburg died Friday, February 8, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness. She served as senior choir president, on the Pastor's Aid Committee and on the Mothers Board at the church.

Survivors include two sons, Horace and wife Estella Harrington of Hamburg and Jimmy Carl Huggins of Ripley, TN; one brother, Carl Robinson of Hamburg; two sisters, Ossie and husband Elum Richson of Hamburg and Fannie Howard of Los Angeles, CA; 16 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Archie Lee "Blue" Huggins and Chester Levell Huggins; one daughter, Floria Dean "Sister" White; her parents, Jim and Mattie Brandon Robinson; four sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness with Eld. Robert Adams, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Frankie Wright, Lonnell Richson, Lee Nimmer, Glenn Stanley, Terry Lee Rucker and Morris Richardson. Burial will follow services at the Robinson Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, at Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Pearl White Nolan

Pearl White Nolan, 88, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the Lake Village Health Care Center. A native of Farmerville, LA, and a resident of Hamburg since 1951, she was a sales clerk at the Carpenter's Department Store for many years, a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church and loved to hunt and fish.

She is survived by a son, Johnnie Mack Nolan and wife Sue of Hamburg; a daughter, Sandra Johnston and husband Julian of Elmore, Alabama; two brothers, Randy Lee White of Farmerville and Rev. John Willie White, Jr., of Swartz, LA; six sisters, Linda Stockton of Alexandra, LA, Becky Plunkett and Betty Jo Whitstine of Oak Grove, LA, and Yvonne Moore, Cecelia Moore and Shirley White, all of Farmerville; three grandchildren, Johnette Sullivan of Hamburg, Kelly Johnston of Houston, TX, and Angela Sayers of Elmore, Alabama; five great-grandchildren, Wendy Sullivan Hale, Emily & Wes Johnston, Dillon & Dexter Sayers; and two great-great-grandchildren Gatlin & Jace McRay Hale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Nolan, in 1997; her parents, John Willie & Lillie Ola Eubanks White; three brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, February 11, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jimmy Mack Sullivan, Cody Hale, Kelly Johnston, Eddie Tucker, Sonny Tucker, Gordon Hennington, Charles White & Kelley Gates.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Benjamin "Bennie" F. Rosen

Benjamin "Bennie" F. Rosen, 89, formerly of Hamburg, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2008, while at his home in Redding, CA. He was born, raised, and lived most of his life in Southeast Arkansas, working for Georgia Pacific in Crossett for many years while living in Hamburg. He served in World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for a battle wound incurred during service to his country.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rosen of Redding; a son George Coulter and wife Sharon of Redding; five grandchildren, Michael, David, Rebekah, Trey and Bryan; and seven great-grandchildren, as well as his sisters Mary Bays and Ellen Hesselbein.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Katie Rosen, brothers Jim Wilson and Nick Rosen, and sisters Angelene Swan, Kathleen Carlock, and Martha Fay Rosen. He was a member of Beacon Missionary Baptist Church at 2170 Hartnell Ave. in Redding where memorial services for him were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Elaine Cockrell White

Funeral services for Elaine Cockrell White, 65, of Bastrop, LA, were at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at Central Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Britt Dupree and Thad Douglas officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Promise Land Cemetery.

Mrs. White died Thursday, February 7, 2008, at Morehouse General Hospital. She was a retired employee of the State of Louisiana. She was a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church and had served as a pianist and organist for the church since 1965. Through the years, she had been the church secretary, Sunday school teacher, active with vacation bible school, youth ministry, and the church library.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell G. White; three children, Brian E. White of Wetumpka, AL, Carrie Kindrix & husband Steve of Bastrop, and Jimmy D. White & wife Mendy of Calhoun, LA; eight grandchildren, Shannon White, Dalton White, Philip White, Mark Kindrix, Blake Kindrix, Kristin Kindrix, Zach White, Noah White; two great grandchildren, Danielle Kindrix, Giana White; two sisters, Barbara Lynch & husband Jerry of West Monroe and Linda Sue Harkness & husband William of Kingwood, TX; two brothers, Ronald Cockrell & wife Helen of Bellevue, IL, Harold Cockrell & wife Linda of Bastrop; and several nieces, nephews, brother and sister-in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Lillian Cockrell.

Pallbearers were Blake Kindrix, Zach White, Steve Kindrix, Tab Coleman, Ed White, and Jimmy White. Memorial contributions may be made to the Library Fund at entral Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop.

February 20

Amber Rose Adams

Amber Rose Adams, 24, of Star City died Saturday, February 16, 2008, near Monticello as the result of an automobile accident. A native of Monticello, a resident of Star City for the past four years and a former resident of Monticello, Crossett and Hamburg, she graduated from Drew Central High School in 2002 where she was a member of the band, choir and All Region Band and All Region Choir. She attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Southern Arkansas University in Camden. She was a member of the Fountain of Life Christian Center in Monticello.

She is survived by her parents, Bobby Harold and Judith Reid Adams of Star City; an aunt, Shirley Savage of Mabelvale; an uncle, Jimmy C. Reid of Litchfield, AZ; two great-aunts, Claudia Wilkerson of Alabama and Jan Blanchard of Tracy, CA; three great-uncles, Jack, Ray McDonald of Tracy, CA, and Cary McDonald of Oklahoma and a host of cousins. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Louis and Gladys Estelle Adams; and her maternal grandparents, Clyde and Audress Reid.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, February 21, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Pullin and Rev. Larry Doggett officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Butch Copeland, Joe Sharrick, Larry Savage, Lynn Savage, Christopher Savage, Kevin Perrigen and Keith Perrigen. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Billie Sue Bonner

Billie Sue Bonner, 68, of Fordyce, died Monday, February 11, 2008, at her home. She was born May 4, 1939, in Hamburg.

She is survived by her husband, Donnie Bonner of Fordyce; one step-son, Donnie Bonner of Houston, TX; one daughter, Sherri Lumley of Fordyce; two step-daughters, Janice Brumley of Jacksonville and DeAnna Marvel of Rison; two brothers, Bobby C. Wallace of Plano, TX, and Rodger Wallace of Medford, OR; one sister, Allene Carter of Crossett; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Montie Bonner and wife Lou of Mansfield, TX; and a sister-in-law, Sue Quantz and husband Bobby of Hensley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby Wallace and Susie Armstrong Wallace; eight brothers, John, Louis, Claude, Ollie, Ben, Melvin, Jimmy and Hubert Wallace; and four sisters, Hazel Holland, Bonnie Northrup, Nell Sheets and Clara Waits. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 15, at the Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce with Rev. Shane Matthews officiating. Burial followed Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan. Online register at www.bentonfuneralhome.com.

Leslie Willard Carter

Leslie Willard Carter, 78, of Crossett died Thursday, February 14, 2008. Born on December 18, 1929, in Crossett to Forrest Lawton and Emily Naomi Croswell Carter, he was a laborer for Georgia Pacific, charter member of North Crossett First Baptist Church and enjoyed crappie fishing.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Edney of Monticello and Emily Vallas of Crossett; two step-sons, Mark Bowman and Jeffrey Mathews; one step-daughter, Brenda Wilson; one brother, Tommy Carter of Crossett; twelve grandchildren, Nicole and Craig Moore, Brittany Edney, Justin, Jenny, Joy, John, Jovon, and Jesse Vallas, Jason, Chad and Samantha Stephenson; six great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Carter White; his second wife, Johnnie Mae Carter; a son, Leslie Carter, Jr., and a daughter, Phyllis Williams.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 17, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Vallas, Craig Moore, Jason Stephenson, Chad Stephenson, John Vallas, and Jesse Vallas. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visit on-line guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 6213 Father Tribou St., Little Rock, AR 72205.

Rev. Bobby Lee Hampton

Rev. Bobby Lee Hampton, 53, of Monticello died Saturday, February 9, 2008, in Drew County. A native of Bradley County and a Monticello resident for the past 31 years, he was a former building contractor and a member of the Mt. Pelium A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Rev. Thelma Hampton; one son, Jason and wife Stephanie Williams of Little Rock; one daughter, April and husband Rob Kindell of Bellvue, IL; his mother, Annie Hampton of Warren; five brothers, Otis Hampton of Chicago, IL, Gerald and John B. Hampton of St. Louis, MO, and Rev. Eddie and wife Francis and Freddie and wife Ester Hampton of Warren; five sisters, Sadie Harding, Ruthie and husband Donald Childs, Judy Hampton and Mary Hampton of Warren and Vera Barrow of Chicago, IL; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Hampton, and three brothers, Johnnie M. Green, Henry L. Hampton and Johnny Ray Hampton.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, in the Pilgrim Rest A. M. E. Church in Monticello with Presiding Eld. J. R. Hooper officiating. Pallbearers were Earnest Green, Clyde Hemphill, Leonard Purifoy, Theodore Hampton and Kenneth and Earnest Newton. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers and Herman Hampton. Burial was in the Mt. Pelium Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Frank "Bunk" Higginbotham

Frank "Bunk" Higginbotham, Sr., 80, of Hamburg died Friday, February 15, 2008, at his residence. A native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, he worked at Barnes Sawmill for 40 years and was a water well driller. A veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, he loved to hunt, fish and garden.

He is survived by three sons, Frank Higginbotham, Jr., and wife, Kathryn, Billy Ray Higginbotham and Lamar Higginbotham and wife Janice, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Mosley and husband Wayne of Crossett; four brothers, Lavon, Pete, Norman and James Higginbotham, all of Hamburg; four sisters, Annie Jo Smith of Crossett, Betty Eubanks of Hamburg, Louise Pelton of Eudora and Margaret A. Riley of Hamburg; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Bates Higginbotham, in 2001 and his parents, Gaston & Janie Venters Higginbotham.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 18, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy Bates, Timmy Williams and Michael Reese officiating. Burial followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Higginbotham, Larry Smith, Dewayne Bussell, Wayne Mosley, Walter Hill and Chad Rice. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and Luther Richardson.

Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley 150 Road, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jerry Wayne Johnson

Jerry Wayne Johnson, 64, of Crossett, died Monday, February 11, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Born on April 5, 1943 in Crossett to Terry Edward and Leola Lowe Johnson, he was a service station laborer, a Baptist and loved to ride four-wheelers. He collected can tabs for many years for St. Jude's Children's Hospital resulting in numerous children having free cancer treatments.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda Oden Johnson; one son, Bryan E. Johnson; one daughter, Amy DeeAnna Roberts, all of Crossett; seven grandchildren and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James Edward "Sonny" Johnson; a sister, Shirley Ann Johns; and a son, Jerry Wayne Johnson II.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, February 15, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Travis Roberts officiating. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Robert London

Robert London, 91, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Mississippi, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street in Crossett.

He is survived by a daughter, Lillian Anderson Lepoal of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minor and Patsy Kelly London.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Arthur Lanos officiating. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery.

Hugo Leston Miles

Hugo Leston Miles, 59, of Crossett died Monday, February 11, 2008, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born on June 14, 1948, to the late Hugo D. and Martha Geneva Breeden Miles.

Survivors include two brothers, Eugene Miles and wife Kathy of Crossett and Randal Miles and wife Heather of West Monroe, LA.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14, at the Corinth Baptist Church with Robert Wood and James Givens officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See on line guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Izeah Peoples, Sr.

Izeah Peoples, Sr., 68, of Crossett died Monday, February 11, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Collinston, LA, and a Crossett resident for the past 36 years, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific's Forestry Division and was a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street.

Survivors include two sons, Izeah Peoples, Jr., and Tyrone Peoples of Crossett; three daughters, Sandra Louise Peoples of Mer Rouge, LA, and Ruby Peoples Miles and Juanita Peoples of Bastrop, LA; four sisters, Beatrice Voskuil and Sharon Thompson of Bastrop, Betty Tate of Atlanta, GA, and Linda Brandon of Collinston; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Bates and Emma Jean Peoples, and two brothers, Dr. Roosevelt Peoples and Quinnon Edwards Peoples.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, February 18, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Mulee Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Cottra Miles, Robert Scates, Laz Thompson and Amon, Jermaine and Marcus Peoples.

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

Billie Jean Simpson

Billie Jean Simpson, 54, of Crossett died Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A native of Beekman, LA, she was a nurse's assistant and a member of the Temple of Deliverance Church.

Survivors include three sons, Clifton and wife Cindy Simpson of Crossett, Kevin and wife Alisa Simpson of Camden and Melvin Simpson of Fayetteville, NC: two daughters, Sheila Simpson and Evelyn Givens, both of Crossett; two brothers, Melvin Givens, Jr., of Baton Rouge, LA, and Virgil Givens of Ossining, NY; one sister, Betty Johnson of Ossining; and twelve grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Simpson, in April, 2003; and by her parents, Melvin and Goldmer Lee Givens.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Sis. Cindy Simpson officiating. Pallbearers will be Melvin, Kelvin and Clyde Simpson, Jr., Rosario Ford, Robert Thomas, Lamarco Williams, Tim Webb and Wayne Shepard. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of the Temple of Deliverance and Smith Temple Church. Burial will follow services at the Beekman Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, February 22.

Lon Sherman Taylor

Lon Sherman Taylor, 77, of Mansfield, LA, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, February 11, 2008. Born on July 4, 1930, in Reform, AL, to the late Sherman Harvey and Sallie Gates Taylor, he was an operator for Georgia Pacific's pulp mill and attended Freedom Mission Church in Logansport, LA.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Taylor of Start, LA; two daughters, Linda Behm and husband Bob of Mansfield and Brenda Hollis and husband Joseph of Sterlington, LA; one brother, Hubert Taylor of Reform; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Mae Taylor. Memorial services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 18, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bob Behm officiating. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

February 27

Martha White Brown

Martha White Brown, 66, of Clarksville, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at her home. Born July 31, 1941, in Union County, she was a member of Aikin Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville and was preceded in death by one son, Greg Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. James Brown of Clarksville; one daughter, Jan Raulston of Bogata, TX; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Joyce White of Huttig and Billy and Cheryl White of Crossett; one grandson, Jake Raulston of Bogata; one granddaughter, Tara Raulston of Bogata; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 23, in the Clarksville Funeral Home with the Revs. Calvin Hancock and Don Shovan officiating. Burial followed services at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Aikin Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 155, Clarksville, Texas, 75426. Online guest book is at www.clarksvillefuneralhome.com.

Nina June Cameron

Nina June Cameron, 63, of Mount Ida died Saturday, February 23, 2008, at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. A native of Ashley County, she was a resident of Mount Ida for the past 15 years, retired CNA, and a member of the Briggsville Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Grady Cameron; two sons, Jimmy Tew, Jr., of Tunica, MS, and James and wife Jodean Tew of Crossett; a stepson, Buddy and wife Teresa Cameron of Jackson, TN; three daughters, Jill and husband Ricky Gossett of Camden, Jean and husband Dale Cain of Snyder and Sandra Ellingsburg and fiancé Heath Cunningham of Crossett; two stepdaughters, Vicky and husband Mike Shirley and Fay and husband Roger McCracken of Crossett; two brothers, Boyd and wife Linda Naron of Monticello and Leroy and wife Karen Naron of Montgomery, AL; one sister, Dorothy and husband George Pledger of Caddo Gap; 26 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Derick T. Rodriguez and Christopher Tew; her parents, Claude and Lennie Pearl Griffin Naron; one brother, Richard Naron; and a sister, Joyce Ricks.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Roy Hines and Jackie Naron officiating. Pallbearers were to be Scott Smith, Dale Cain, Heath Cunningham, Charlie Smith, Roger McCracken and Danny Lephiew. Honorary pallbearers were to be Brandon Collier, James Pogue and Anthony Rose. Burial will follow services at the Old Troy Cemetery. Visitation was planned for 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Alma Slocum Enderby

Alma Murphy Slocum Enderby, 86, of Heber Springs, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at South Ridge Village Nursing Home. The daughter of the late Charles Allen and Verlee Smith Murphy, she was born April 28, 1921, in Drew County.

She received her early education in Drew County, graduating from Drew Central High School in 1939. She later attended and graduated from Pines Nursing School, receiving her licensed practical nursing degree in 1974.

After moving to the Pine Bluff area with her husband, she worked as office manager at the Carpenter's Union No. 576 for 23 years. After receiving her LPN degree she served as a nurse at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and then at Trinity Village Retirement Center for almost 20 years. She was a member of Immuanel Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Kennon Stanley Slocum, Jr., of Sheridan; one daughter Phyllis Roberts and husband Paul of Heber Springs; brothers Calvin Murphy and wife Margie of Pine Bluff and Douglas Murphy and wife Betty of Monticello; a sister, Clara Taylor Waller and husband Ed of Fairfield Bay; eight grandchildren, J. Slocum Pickell and wife Allison of Little Rock, Deupree Pickell Kelly and husband Tim of Monticello, Loriane Pickell of Little Rock, Michael Shepherd and wife Lara of Springdale, Julie Shepherd Coppage and husband Todd of Braggadocio, Mo., Kennon Stanley Slocum, III, and wife Andrea of England, Charles David Slocum of Sheridan, and John Brendan Slocum of Sheridan; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband and father of her children, Kennon Stanley Slocum, Sr.; her second husband, E.J. Enderby; one daughter, Linda Slocum Pickell; an infant son, Charles Allen Slocum; brothers Barton, Bill, and Malvin Murphy, and a sister, Eunice Murphy Judkins.

Grave-side services were at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, the Mount Olive Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Slocum officiating. Arrangements were by Ralph Robinson and Son. Friends may sign the online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.

Johnnie E. Hawkins

Johnnie E. Hawkins, 92, of Livonia, LA, died Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at the Lakeview Manor Nursing Home in New Roads, LA. A native of Morehouse Parish, LA, a resident of Livonia for the past 12 years and a former resident of Hamburg and Bastrop, LA, he was a retired pulpwood contractor.

He is survived by a son, Ricky Hawkins of Hamburg; a daughter, Peggy Pinsonat and husband John of Livonia; a brother, Ernest Hawkins and wife Pat of Bastrop; three grandchildren, three great-granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Audrey Mae Tubbs Hawkins, in 2006; his parents, Albert and Emma Gulledge Hawkins; and four sisters, Mildred, Dorothy, Louise, and Lilla Mae.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 23, at the Hickory Grove Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Pinsonat, Terrell Hawkins, Charlie Maxwell, John Herbert McLeod, Steve Rand and Johnny William Pierce. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Wallace, Jimmy Wilcoxon, Brad Joffrion, Dr. Harold Clausen and Leon Royals. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Bobby Jo Estelle Howell

Bobby Jo Estelle Howell, 75, of Crossett died Sunday February 24, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Crossett. Born in Hamburg on December 23, 1932, to the late Dewey J. and Velma Smith Estelle, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include two brothers, Billy Carl Estelle of Crossett and James R. Estelle and wife Diane of Lake Village; one sister; Pat A. Estelle of San Diego, CA; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lee Howell; and three sisters, Verna Goodwin, Norma Goodwin and Faye Sparks.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Warren Finney officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, at the funeral home. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Walter Larry Hubbard

Walter Larry Hubbard, 70, of Lake Village died Sunday, February 17, 2008, at the Greenwood Specialty Hospital in Greenwood, MS. A native of Hamburg and a Lake Village resident for the past seven years, he was a retired baker and a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Hubbard, Jr., of Little Rock and Eric Hubbard of Los Angeles, CA; his mother, Annie Mae Cox Hubbard of Lake Village; two brothers, Charlie and wife Mary Hubbard of Atlanta, GA, and Freddie and wife Ruby Hubbard of Crossett; three sisters, Florence Johnson of Atlanta, Eva "Honey Bee" and husband Willie Williams and Claudette and husband Theodis Tucker of Lake Village and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas "Jack" Hubbard, and four brothers, Thomas, Jr, Robert, Frank and Danny Lee Hubbard.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Nephews were pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery.

Alfred Lee Montgomery

Alfred Lee Montgomery, 68, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Born on October 30, 1939, in Crossett to the late Virgil Samuel and Lois Chapman Montgomery, he was a machinist for 38 years at Georgia Pacific and a member of Grace Christian Fellowship.

Survivors include: his wife, Charlotte Everitt Montgomery of Crossett; one son, Terry Lee Montgomery and wife Cheryl of Crossett; one daughter, Lisa Montgomery Felchle and husband Stephen of Brookhaven, MS; three grandchildren, Josh Parrott, Julianna and Megan Felchle; one great-grandchild, Bodie Parrott; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 22, in the Grace Christian Fellowship with Bros. Kirk Hall and Jimmie Lewis officiating. Pallbearers were Buck Fryar, Thomas Glen Childers, Royce Oden, Damon Dean, Leonard Biggs, and Frank Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Dean and John Pennington. Burial followed at the Causey Cemetery near Beekman, LA, under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 1596, Jonesboro, AR 72403 or National Kidney Foundation, 1818 N. Taylor St., Ste 186, Little Rock, AR 72207-4625.

Hank Norrell

Hank Norrell, 36, of Warren died Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Monroe, LA, a resident of Warren since 1999 and a former resident of Hamburg, he was a carpenter and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Smith Norrell; a son, Richard Norrell; two daughters, Krin Norrell and Ashleigh Stout, all of Warren; his mother, Kathy Barker Norrell; two brothers, Jimmy Don Norrell and wife Christy and Jake Norrell and fiancé Candice Klotz, all of Hamburg; a sister, Shari Davis and husband Philip of Warren; his grandmother, Wanda Hicks Barker of Hamburg; four nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his father, George Raymond Norrell, in 1999 and his grandparents, George & Odettie. Ricks Norrell and Charley Barker.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Wagnon officiating. Burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Phil Thompson, James "Trig" Avery, Jimi Miller, Jessy Nutt, Rick Revlins and Jake Norrell. Honorary pallbearers are to be John Slaughter, Bobby Free, Jeff Blankenship, Gary Stowers and Josh Morman.

Memorials may be made to the Hank Norrell Medical Fund, c/o First National Bank, 603 N. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Robert Lee Pilgram

Robert Lee Pilgram, 86, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Born in Crossett on October 9, 1921, to the late Virgil and Mamie Campbell Pilgram, he was an U. S. Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II, and was a retired automobile mechanic and owner of Fairview Garage. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett and a charter member of the Crossett Boat Club.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mildred Swan Pilgram of Crossett; one daughter, Jane Pilgram Nix and son-in-law Tom of Monroe, LA; one half-sister, Hazel Morris of Shreveport, LA; one brother, Tommy Carter of Crossett; six grandchildren, Michael Nix and Cassa Nix Bilbo and husband Jeff of Crossett, Pam Pilgram-Smith and husband Jim and Dr. Robin Duffield, of Russellville, Bo Thomas and spouse Chris of Mayflower and Brit Singleton and spouse Tim of Bentonville; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert R. Pilgram.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 23, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Phillip Bowles, Jeff Bilbo, Michael Nix, Jacob Nix, Allen Swan, Norman Swan, Bruce Swan, Jim Smith, Chris Thomas, Luke Duffield and Tim Singleton. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Meeks, Robert Sturdivant, Jack Greene, Richard Edwards, Max Pope, Mark Pope, James White and James Holland. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.

David Wayne Warner

David Wayne Warner, 50, of Morrilton died Wednesday, February 20, 2008. He was born on Oct. 22, 1957 to his parents, Edward Warner and Ann Mitchell Mayo in Port Author, TX, and was preceded in death by his father, Edward Warner.

Survivors include one daughter, Michelle Lee Warner of Branson, MO; his mother, Ann Mayo of Crossett; a sister, Karen Sue Carter and husband Mike of Cleveland, AR; two brothers, Ralph Edward Warner and wife Debbie of Redfield and Michael Eugene Warner and wife Nancy of Cleveland; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Grave-side services were at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 23, at the Carlock Cemetery with Bro. Leroy Rutherford officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Pharris David Withers

Pharris David Withers, 34, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a foreman for West Tree Service, a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Marshall Withers; a daughter, Phara Withers; a step-son, Zackery Marshall; his father, Robert Withers; his mother, Karon Bozeman Roberts and step-father, Jimmy Roberts; a sister, Kendal Holland; a step-brother, Joe Roberts, all of Hamburg; a step-sister, Kim Turner of Pearl, MS; three nephews, Justin Martin, John Roberts and Cameron Turner and three nieces, Lauren Roberts, Savannah & Kellen Turner. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Allene Dianne Withers, in 1996 and his grandparents, Guy & Velora Bozeman and Bob & Allene Withers.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Thursday, February 28, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. James Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Chuck Meurer, Chuck Nutter, Tim Lane, Casey Keeling, Allen Adams and Raymond Roberts. Honorary pallbearers are to be Anson Stephenson, Ricky Stephenson, Michael Adams and Donnie Crow. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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