Charles Dale Adams
Charles Dale Adams, 54, of Lake Village died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at the Dallas County Hospital in Fordyce. He was born March 3, 1954, in Pine Bluff and was a farm equipment mechanic.
He is survived by his fiance, Barbara Snow of Monticello; three sons, Charles Dale Adams, Jr., of Indianola, MS, Brent Adams of McGehee and Jeremy Snow of Monticello; five daughters, Brandy Adams of Indianola. Nikki Adams of Pine Bluff, Ha-Lee Adams of McGehee, April Adams of Texas and Jennifer Snow of Monticello; two brothers, Dwight Adams of Lake Village and Walter Adams of Ft. Worth, Texas; five sisters, Shirley Carpenter of Fountain Hill, Linda Harrod, Lana Johnson, Darnell Sherland and Mae Hall, all of Lake Village, and 11 grandchildren.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.
James Louis Gibson
James Louis Gibson, 60, of Crossett died Sunday, May 25, 2008. Born on November 1, 1947, in Monroe, LA, to Willie Louis and Hattie Mae Gibson, he was raised by his paternal grandmother, Lula Mae Louis. He enjoyed taking care of his dogs. Mr. Gibson was a member of Hunters Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a counselor and mentor to many children and was a volunteer at Phoenix Youth and Family Services.
Survivors include his wife of ten years, Lillian Gibson of Crossett; three sons, Bruce Jones and wife Mary, Jermaine Lewis and wife Taiwan, all of Dallas, TX, and Mark Caldwell of Russellville; five daughters, Cynthia Turner and husband Marcus) Tante Lane and husband Billy, Stephanie Reedy and husband Darryl, all of Dallas, and Angela and Tasha of Monroe, LA; one brother, Larry Clark of Monroe; six sisters, Shirley James of Memphis, TN, Patricia Louis, Thedoria Brown, Wanda Rogers and Beverly Morris, all of Monroe; and Kay Castilla of Ft. Worth, TX; nineteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a host of nieces; nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandmother, a son, Toby Caston, and a brother, Willie Louis, Jr.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 31, in the First Baptist Church on Florida Street in Crossett with Rev. Wilton Baines officiating. Pallbearers were Ray Charles Martin, Ray Lewis, Paul Brown, Cornelius Brown, Lee Fred Brown, Theodis Ingram, James Martin and Tommy Moore. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Louise R. Huffman
Louise R. Huffman, 84, of Westlake, LA, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in a hospital in Lake Charles, LA. Born January 23, 1924, to Frank and Rilla Royal in Ashley County, Mrs. Huffman was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed doing her handwork and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Sulphur.
Survivors include her children, Joe Huffman and wife Darla, Phyllis Huffman Kerr and husband Dale and Donna Huffman Powers and husband Steve, all of Westlake, and Larry Huffman and wife Rebecca of Ratcliff, Arkansas; nineteen grandchildren, Lamar, Anthony, Chris, Dean, Brad and Brian Joe Huffman, Lori Anne Huffman Friers, Betha Bray Bartholemew, Timothy Bray, Charles Dale Kerr, Janice Bray Manuel, Kyla Bray Jeffcoats, Trudi Kerr Chambers, Traci Kerr Edgerly, Staci Kerr Ebarb, Sabra Bray Soileau, Keri Huffman Shaheen, Jon Powers and Jay Powers; 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters, Madelle Townsend of Drasco, Maxine Murphy of Portland, Mavis McCown of Gladwater, TX, and Tiny Gulledge of Hamburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 46 years, Rev. Curtis E. Huffman. They had served numerous churches around the south before settling in Westlake over 30 years ago. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and two sisters as well.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Hixson Funeral Home in Westlake. Leading her service were her son, Rev. Larry Huffman, and her grandson, Rev. Lamar Huffman. Burial followed in Westlake Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons. See online guest book at www.mem.com.
Mable Sharp Rice
Mable Clara Sharp Rice, 92, of Crossett died Tuesday May 27, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born in Hamburg on October 31, 1915, to the late Thomas Jefferson and Minnie Mitchell Sharp, Mrs. Rice was a homemaker and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed gospel music and word find puzzles.
Survivors include one son, Ronny Wayne Rice and wife Mavis of Ashdown; one daughter, Nancy Meziere and husband James of Hamburg, a son-in-law, Bobby Burt of Hamburg; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walcie Lee Rice; a son, Donald Warren Rice; a daughter, Sylvia Burt; and a grandson, Mitchell Burt.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 29, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Buddy Boykin, Gayle Riles and Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Meziere, Jeff Blankenship, Seth Blankenship, Jason McGhee, Bob Burt, Randall Burchfield and Mett Cobb. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Widow Women's Club— Ada Rosen, Mary Bays, Mattie Pearl Kilcrease, June Hollis, Rudolph Knight, Florence Craig, Sue Burgess, Dorothy McCone, Margie Livingston, Lavon Miller, Elizabeth Woods, Billie Sue Watson, Clara Burch and Roxie Pogue.
Burial followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Harold Tucker, 324 Bell Branch Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.
William Lee Tucker
William Lee Tucker, 45, of Crossett died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on March 5, 1963, in Crossett to Lester Allen, Sr., and Helen Marie Girtman Tucker, he was a lifelong resident of White Station, a retired logger and member of Fudge Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister, Stephanie Tucker; and his grandparents, Willie D. and Lucy Tucker and Preston Girtman, Sr.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Marie Tucker of Crossett; three sons, Willie Tucker, Jonathon Tucker and Tony Tucker, all of Detroit, MI; three daughters, Latoya Tucker and Briana Tucker, both of El Dorado and Lawanda Tucker of Detroit; four brothers, Lester and wife Monda Tucker, Jr., Ray and wife Gladys Tucker and Samuel and wife Tabitha Tucker, all of Crossett, and Johnny B. Tucker of Calico Rock; three sisters, Lottie Hart, Lessie and husband Leroy Toney and Latovia and husband Robert Pace, all of Crossett; his grandmother, Maggie Williams of Crossett; three special friends, Rose Clark, Greg Bridges and Gene Tucker, all of Crossett; five grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 5, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Childress officiating. Burial will follow at Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Visitation will be held from 6 -7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Rosemary Ruff Burnett
Rosemary Ruff Burnett, 90, of Crossett died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 26, 1918, in Crossett to Wesley C. and Orean Courson Ruff, she was a homemaker and worked at Spikes Drug Store in Crossett for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Burnett was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd H. Burnett; her parents, a grandson, Larry Drake Crossland, Jr.; and a sister, Dorothy Norris.
Survivors include two sons, Don Allen Burnett and wife Judy of Crossett and John W. Burnett, Sr., and wife Sharon of Little Rock; one daughter, Marilyn Burnett Myers of Crossett; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jeff Smart officiating. Pallbearers were John W. Burnett, Jr., Mark B. Burnett, Jeff Spradlin, Brad Burnett, Bobby Richardson and Jerry Norris. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guestbook at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Carolyn R. Burton
Carolyn R. Burton, 71, of Hermitage died near Fordyce Wednesday, June 4, 2008, following a lengthy illness. Born February 1, 1937, near the Three Creeks Community in Union County, she was the daughter of John Malcolm and Willie Mae Douglas Rogers, a homemaker and a member of Eagle Lake Baptist Church at Hermitage.
Survivors include her husband, Rev. Buddy Burton; three daughters, Kathy Mabe of Madisonville, NC, Kristi Cates and Steve of El Dorado and Karen Morgan of Hermitage; three brothers, Maurice Rogers and wife Delores of Farmerville, LA, Preston Rogers and wife Faye and Lloyd Rogers and wife Rita of Junction City; one sister, Louise Griffith of Ft. Smith; grandchildren Brandi Nelson (Eric), Paul Smith (Alex), Shannon Noble, Brandon Noble, Ashley Webb and Christin Morgan along with eight great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death along with her parents were a daughter, Karla Delores Burton; a grandson, Michael Ryan Noble; three sisters, Francis Greer, Frankie Meadows and Janette Blackmon and four brothers, Donald, Wayne, Paul and John Rogers.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at New London Baptist Church near Strong with Revs. Wayman Mann and Donald Ray Smith officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Presbyterian Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home. Online registry available at www.baileyfuneralhome.net.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 10562, El Dorado, AR, 71731.
Elizabeth W. Carpenter
Elizabeth W. Carpenter, 89, of Germantown, TN, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, June 2, 2008. Born on November 17, 1918, to the late John W. Wilcoxon and Mattie Wallace Wilcoxon Allen in Hamburg, Mrs. Carpenter retired from Terminix after fifteen years as secretary. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Memphis. Mrs. Carpenter was preceded in death by her husband, A. W. Carpenter; two brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Prine of Bartlett, TN; a sister, Mary Stone of Pine Bluff; two grandsons, Mark Prine of Memphis, TN, and Michael Prine of Arlington, TN; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew Roper, Kaitlyn Prine and Michael Prine, Jr., all of Arlington, TN.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Promise Land Cemetery in Hamburg under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
James "Pete" Dawkins
James Edward "Pete" Dawkins, 58, of Crossett died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at his residence. A native of Ashley County, an employee of Georgia Pacific's paper mill, and a member and deacon of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lou Wallace & Lucille Douglass Dawkins, and one sister, Delois Campbell. He was a member of the following Masonic Houses: Master Mason, Royal Arch Mason, Knight Templar, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Mason 32 degrees & Heroines of Jericho. He held the following positions: Worshipful Master of Exodus Lodge #403, recorder for the Grand Lodge, financial secretary for H.J. Evans Grand Chapter, Commandery Knights Templar & district secretary of #4 South.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jacqueline Dawkins; one son, Chancie Williams, III, of Little Rock; two daughters, Schnary Muse and husband Sylvester of San Diego, CA, and Laqestia Dawkins of Little Rock; one brother, Sherman "Bud" Dawkins and wife Belinda of Crossett; one sister, Georgetta Waters of Crossett; and two grandsons, Amauri Dawkins & Ronald Austin, Jr.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Rogers, Herman Newton, Curtis Harris, Larry Taylor, Freddie Hargrove & Larry Williams. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of New Bethel Baptist Church and the T.W. Daniel Class of 1967. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Paula Morris Files
Paula Morris Files, 70, of Lake Village, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital as the result of an automobile accident outside of Parkdale. Born December 14, 1937, in Lake Village, she was a resident of Parkdale for many years. After graduating from Wilmot High School in 1955, she attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and graduated with a BA degree from Oklahoma State University in 1959. She interned as a dietitian at King County Hospital, Seattle, WA, and worked at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA, Delta Medical Center in Greenville, MS, and Lake Village Infirmary in Lake Village. She was a lifelong member of Parkdale United Methodist Church and a member of Col. Francis Vivian Brooking Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was on the board of Bayou Grain & Chemical Corporation in Parkdale and had served on the Parkdale School Board, the Hamburg School Board and the Parkdale City Council.
She is survived by two sisters, Susanne Files of Frederick, MD, and Mary Files Silitch of North
Granville, NY; a nephew, Mark William Twentey and wife Shannon, and their children, Morgan Shannon Twentey and Garrett William Twentey, all of Frederick, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas and Johnnie Caldwell Files. Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 7, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Chyrl Slocum officiating.
Memorials may be made to Parkdale United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 34, Parkdale, AR 71661-0034. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Erma Lee Junior
Erma Lee Junior, 87 of Lacey, died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Beverly Healthcare of Monticello. Mrs. Junior was a lifelong resident of Drew County, a homemaker, and a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church in Lacey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Gessery Junior; her parents, John & Elivie Wilson Withers, one daughter, Willie Jean Junior; one infant daughter, Ollie Junior; and one sister, Ester Mae Lambert.
She is survived by one daughter, Eliza Mae Smith and husband Earnest of Lacey; one brother, Edgar Lee Withers of Lacey; one sister, Sarah Johnson of Lacey; two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, in the Promise Land Baptist Church with Rev. Oldern McQuay officiating. Pallbearers were Chad Johnson, Horace Junior, Jerry Simpson, Leon Moore, Keith Moore & Earnest Smith, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Wilson, Leander Jenkins, Jr., Earnest Smith, Sr., Eddie Lee Withers, Cleophus Withers, Martin Withers, Cardell Withers & John Lee Withers. Burial was in the Lacey Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Joy T. Kelly
Joy T. Kelly, 58, of Lake Village, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Lake Village Health Care Center. She was born January 17, 1950, in Georgetown, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Jim Thomisee and Velda Barnett Thomisee and was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Kelly, and by two brothers, Bill and James Thomisee.
Survivors include three daughters, Tish Gorman of Eudora, Tonya Brunk of Neodosha, Kansas, and Joyce Prestridge of Pineville, Louisiana; one brother, Charles Thomisee of Monroe, Louisiana; four sisters, Bobbie Lindsey of Bossier City, Louisiana, Pinky Jenkins and Azalee Giddens, both of Monroe, Louisiana, and Patricia Mayo of Oakdale, Louisiana; three half-sisters, Clorice Breland of Monroe, Louisiana, Ina Crow of Bastrop, Louisiana, and Billie Dessell of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and seven grandchildren.
Grave-side services were Friday, June 6, at Portland Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.
Wallace Ray Mills
Wallace Ray Mills, 63, of Crossett died Sunday, June 8, 2008. Born on March 7, 1945, to Obie and Palesteene Blankenship Mills, he was a diesel mechanic and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his father, a son, Steven Wallace Mills; a brother, Herman Mills; and a granddaughter, Jordan Mills.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Maxwell; one son, Albert Ray Mills and wife Ronda; one daughter, Krystall Rhae Mills; his mother, Palestine Mills; one brother, E. O. Mills, all of Crossett; two sisters, Shelia McNeice of Crossett and Morene Hisaw of Vicksburg, MS; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Grave-side services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Troy Edward Rankin
Troy Edward Rankin, 81, of Mendenhall, MS, a former resident of Hamburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Bonita Dean Allison Rankin; three sons, Wayne and wife Debbie Rankin of Brandon, MS, John Rankin and Donald and wife Brenda Rankin of Mendenhall; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Lillian Rankin; a brother, James Rankin; and two sisters, Bessie Moran and Martha Schoonover.
Services were held Thursday, June 5, in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Rankin and Ted Bowlin officiating. Burial followed at the Poplar Springs Cemetery.
Hoyle Franklin Waits
Hoyle Franklin Waits, 68, of Springhill, LA, died Friday, June 6, 2008, at the Willis Knighton Health System in Bossier City, LA. Born September 28, 1939, in Hamburg, after a few years he moved to New Iberia, LA, and was raised there. A resident of Springhill since 1979, he was a veteran of the United States Army and after serving four years, started his career working in the oil field where he started at the bottom and worked his way up to become a drilling and completion engineer. He retired from Nelson Energy and started his own consulting business. He was a Baptist; an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Gloria Waits of Springhill, LA; three sons, Chad Waits and wife Darlene of Walkers Creek, Shawn Waits and wife Donna of Sarepta, LA, and Chris Waits of Springhill; and two grandsons, Nathan and Jesse Waits of Walkers Creek. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Frank and Clara Waits, and a grandson, C.J. Waits.
Funeral services were planned 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Myron Shaw officiating. Burial was to follow at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Travis, Emmitt, Sammy and Bill Wallace, Dennis Branton, and Joe Sepulvado.
Memorials may be made to the Willis Knighton Cancer Center, 8001 Youree Drive Ste. 500, Shreveport, LA 71115. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Rickey Lee Cessor
Rickey Lee Cessor, 41, of Hamburg died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Fountain Hill for many years, he was a resident of Hamburg for the past 15 years and was an automotive mechanic for Ashley Auto Service in Hamburg. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and loved fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Yvette Piker Cessor of Hamburg; a daughter, Sandra Kay Cessor of Leavenworth, KS; a step-daughter, Kasey Byrd of Kokomo, Indiana; two step-sons, Ryan Piker and wife Tonya of Hamburg and Stephen Byrd and fiancé Jamie of Kokomo; a sister, Louise Carter of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Emily, William and Kylie; his mother-in-law, Patricia Piker; four sisters-in-law, Patty Nutter and husband Jimmy, Tammy Hatfield and husband Tracy, Teresa Gamblin and husband Glen, and Paula Mashburn, all of Kokomo; two brothers-in-law, Matthew Piker and finance Cat of Kokomo and Chuck Piker and wife Carolyn of Greenville, MS; a niece, Edith Kay Fisher; five nephews, Judd Carter, Vernon Carter and wife Karla, Steven Carter and wife Peggy, Johnny Carter and wife Betty Jo and Chuck Piker, Jr.; and an uncle, Doug Piker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie Lee & Edith Mae Stanley Cessor; a sister, Sharon Cessor; and his father-in-law, Chuck Piker.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, June 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Warren Finney & Bud Banks officiating. Burial followed at the Norris Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stephen Byrd, Steven Carter, Chuck Piker, Jr., Pete Carter, Dean Smith, Glen Pamplin, Randy Cessor and David Carter. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Hayes, Charles Carter, Jr., Thomas Tillman and Joe Fred Yates. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Dorothy J. Cone
Dorothy J. Cone, 71, of Crossett died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the Baptist Medical Center. Born on April 8, 1937, in Bismarck to the late Grady and Iva Holt Goodman, Mrs. Cone enjoyed reading and loved her pets. She was a teacher in Hot Springs and Little Rock and retired from the Crossett School District after 30 years of service. She was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, James Robert Cone; two sons, Jim Cone and wife Shela and Mike Cone and wife Renee', all of Crossett; three daughters, Paula Naff and husband Lee of San Antonio, TX, Janet Ledford and husband Bill of Bryant and Rita Hyatt and husband David of Monticello; three brothers, John Goodman and wife Ruth of Hot Springs, Don Goodman and wife Deronda of Prattsville and Dean Goodman and wife Cindy of Bismarck; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Jim Cone, David Hyatt, Mike Cone, Lee Naff, Bill Ledford and Charles Cone, Jr. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church, 1035 Hwy. 133, Crossett, AR 71635.
Jimmy Carroll Deal
Jimmy Carroll Deal, 67, of Crossett died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born July 1, 1940, in Ladelle, he was a retired paper mill worker, National Guard veteran of the Cuban Crisis and a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Barham Deal of Crossett; two sons, Gregg Alan Deal and Carroll Lee Deal, both of Ladelle; his mother, Patricia Deal of Monticello; one sister, Patsy Kinchen of Green Hill; two grandchildren, Hailey Deal and Bradley Deal; one nephew, Delaney Kinchen; and two nieces, Jody Courtney and Kelly Brown. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Deal; and a grandson, Hunter Deal.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Rev. Don Justice officiating. Pallbearers were Gordon Gunn, Leroy Jones, Kevin Martin, J. D. White, George Willoughby and Monroe Coddington. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Courtney, Ralph Jackson, Gary Crain, Bobby Craig, Deward Martin, Jr., Aubrey Stephenson and Mershal Carpenter.
Burial followed services at the Ladelle Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church building fund.
Virgil Donaldson, 52, of Crossett died Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at his residence. A native of Warren and a resident of Crossett since 1974, he was a warehouse manager for Gammel's Furniture Store for over 20 years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard and was a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by four brothers, Gene, Doyle and Glen Donaldson, all of Crossett, and Charles Donaldson of Hamburg; six sisters, Kathrain Rice Forrest and Alice McLain of Crossett, Carolyn Outlaw of Star City, Sylvia Oliver of Hamburg, Deborah Marter of White Hall and Kathy Phelps of Oak Grove, LA; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence V. & Louise (Kitty) Smith Donaldson, and a brother, Delbert William Donaldson.
Grave-side services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at the Flat Creek Cemetery with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. Pallbearers were Wade Gammel, Dean Dixon, Kelly McArthur, David Rives, Bill Sawyer, Barry Barnett and Odie McFarland. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
James Gilbert Eppinette
James Gilbert Eppinette, 67, of Bastrop, LA, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at his home. Born August 11, 1940, in Jones, LA, to Gilbert and Viola McGee Eppinette, he graduated from Bonita High School and retired after 38 years as district manager for American General Insurance Co. He was a member and active deacon of the Harmony Baptist Church and loved to hunt.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Mae Minnie Eppinette; two sons, Allan and wife Dara Eppinette and Heath and wife Fran Eppinette; three grandsons, Seth and wife Vanessa Eppinette and Brandon and Brian Eppinette; two granddaughters, Hannah and Amber Eppinette, all of Sterlington, LA; great-grandchildren Lola James, Cole, Bella and Brie; his mother, Viola Eppinette of Bastrop; and three sisters, Jimmie White and Barbara Haddock of Bastrop and Violet McVay of Ashdown. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Don, Travis Oneal and Stanley Eppinette.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Harmony Baptist Church in Collinston, LA, with Rev. Allen Eppinette and Bro. Heath Eppinette officiating and nephews as pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Mer Rouge Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop. See on-line guest book at www.coxfuneral.com.
Ruby Juanita Watkins Gibson
Ruby Juanita Watkins Gibson, 94, of Dermott died Wednesday, June 11, 2008. The third of six children of Robert Sidney and Bessie Barham Watkins, she was born at Brushy Prairie in Ashley County on January 30, 1914.
She and her sister Bell walked to a one-room school house in the woods a mile or more away and lived on a self-sufficient farm where they learned how chores were a harmonious team effort. Her father was county tax assessor, and she gained skills that later served the Gibson family in its political endeavors. She attended Arkansas A&M (UAM) and graduated from State Teachers (UCA) and received a master's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1937. She came to Dermott where she met and married John F. "Mutt" Gibson. She taught home economics at Dermott and Tillar and second grade at Dermott for thirty years and, when her husband was in the senate, worked as a secretary during the legislative sessions.
Juanita was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, A Dame of the Magna Carta Dames and Barons, the Arkansas Education Association, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Dermott Baptist Church. She was a girls state counselor for many years.
She is survived by two sons, John Frank Gibson, Jr., and wife Renee and Charles Sidney Gibson and wife Sherry; eight grandchildren, Chuck Gibson and wife Gina, Lisa Fischer and husband Kris, Jody Cummins and husband Bud, Jill Gibson Odell, Dan Gibson, Jamie Gibson Kirtley and husband Wes, John Frank Gibson, III, and Caroline Gibson; 18 great-grandchildren and a sister, Olivia Bell Gibbs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Senator John Frank "Mutt" Gibson; two brothers, Marvin and Norwood Watkins; and two sisters, Robbie Goldie Watkins and Barbara Jean Bevers.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, in the Dermott Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Dermott Cemetery. Brother Jerry Starnes and Pastor Bart Bynum conducted the service. Pallbearers were Bobby Ed Gibbs, William "Sonny" Watkins, Samuel Sidney Watkins, Chuck Gibson, Dan Gibson and John Frank Gibson III. Honorary pallbearers were Gaston Gibson, Bynum Gibson, Clifford Gibson, Don Gibson Naron, Michael Boyd, Andy Gibson, Frankie Gibson and Lee Watkins. Arrangements were by Griffin Funeral Service of McGehee.
Anita Laraine Griffin
Anita Laraine Griffin, 52, of Mabelvale died Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Born August 28, 1955, in Mena to Glen and Margie Lewis, she was a member of the Church of Christ in Mabelvale who met the diagnosis of cancer with courage and prayer. Anita was a registered nurse and clinic manager at UAMS for 14 years.
Survivors are her husband of 28 years, John Griffin; two children, Sarah Griffin of Little Rock and Jason Griffin of Alexander; her mother, Margie Lewis of Mena; two brothers, Randy Lewis and wife June of Big Canoe, GA, and John Lewis and wife Diane of Little Rock; two sisters, Dianne Law and husband Gale and Margaret Overton and husband Myles; her mother-in-law, Virginia Griffin of Fountain Hill; sisters-in-law Martha Bush and husband Tommy and Susan and Lisa Griffin; a brother-in-law, Oliver Griffin and wife Mignon; three nieces Casey Smith, Olivia Overton, and Tasha Yoder; and nine nephews, Scott Lewis, Eric Lewis, Todd, Lewis, Mark Lewis, Matt Law, Blake Griffin, Lance Griffin, Glenn Bush, and Tony Law. She was preceded in death by her father, her grandmother, Pearl Kiser; and aunts Lula May Standridge and Velma Simpson.
Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Mabelvale Church of Christ. Pallbearers were Randy Lewis, John Lewis, Gale Law, Myles Overton, Oliver Griffin, and Tommy Bush. Anita was preceded in death by her father Glen Lewis, grandmother Pearl Kiser, and aunts Lula May Standridge and Velma Simpson.
Memorials may be made to Mabelvale Church of Christ, P.O. Box 345 Mabelvale, AR 72103 or UAMS Oncology Clinic, 4301 West Markham Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205. See online guest book at www.husonfuneralhome.com.
Rev. James B. Johnson
Rev. James B. Johnson, 84, of Marion, IL, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Fountains Nursing Care Center. Born October 30, 1923, in Carseesco, MS, the son of the late Robert R. and Omelia Burgess Johnson, he married Mimoth L. Strunk on August 18, 1943, in San Francisco, CA, and they shared over 64 years of marriage.
Rev. Johnson served as a Pentecostal minister for over 58 years. He started pastoring in Hamburg and was there for 6 ½ years.
He also pastored Bethel Temple in Belleville, IL; West Frankfort, Galesburg and in Herrin. He was an evangelist for three years, moving to Bastrop, LA, and then Tallulah United Pentecostal Church until November, 1997, when they moved back to Marion to complete his career. He was a member of Johnston City United Pentecostal Church
Survivors include his wife Mimoth Johnson of Marion; a daughter, Joann Bailey and husband Robert of Rockford; a son, James W. Johnson and wife Ester of Herrin; and three grandsons, Robert Bailey of Phoenix, AZ, Anthony Bailey of Rockford, and James Johnson, Jr. of Herrin; and a sister, Mattie Murray of Carbondale. He is preceded in death by two brothers Joseph & Frank Johnson; and two sisters Mary Toney and Rosie Lee Jeffers.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 22, at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Revs. Michael Glasco and Robert Bailey officiating. Burial followed in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to First United Pentecostal Church in Johnston City, IL.
Pearlie Lee Johnson
Pearlie Lee Johnson, 73, of Hamburg died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Montrose, but a resident of Hamburg for the past 27 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ.
She is survived by two sons, David Johnson of Montrose and Malcolm Johnson of Conway; six daughters, Pearlie Johnson of Montrose and Annetha Downs, Patricia Dickerson, Mazie Pitts and husband Larry, Stella Stanley and husband Elijah and Elnora Washington, all of Hamburg; two brothers, Solomon Shelton of Rock Island, IL, and William Shelton of New Mexico, three sisters, Elizabeth Brice & Mary Clark of Lake Providence, LA, & Jean Cornelius of Little Rock; twenty-one grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Johnson; three sons, Charlie Johnson, Jr., Michael Johnson and Nathan Johnson; her parents, Mark & Elnora Jenkins Shelton; and two brothers, Louis & Joe Shelton.
Services were Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Clifford Hawkins, Wayne Pugh, Dan Smith, Chris Mays, Johnny Stanley & Jessie James. Burial followed at the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Stuart Franklin Krause
Stuart Franklin Krause, 33, of Portland died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center in Little Rock. Mr. Krause was a native of Prince William County, VA; a resident of Portland for the past year and a former resident of Pine Bluff and San Louis Potosi, Mexico. He had phenomenal computer skills which he used while working at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and most recently taught English at the San Louis Potosi University Language Institute in San Louis Potosi.
He was a member of the Portland Baptist Church and met the diagnosis of cancer with courage and prayer.
He is survived by his mother, Winona Wilt Brown of Winters, TX; two sisters, Karmen Pippen and husband Mike of Tuscola, TX, and Bobbie Joe Niedecken of Winters, TX; special friends and mentors Jimmie and Janice Sadler of Portland; three nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Stuart Franklin Kendrick, II.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Monday, June 16, in the Portland Cemetery with Rev. Carl Mason officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207 or Hospice Home Care of Arkansas, 2200 S. Bowman, Little Rock, AR 72211 or the Portland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Sammie Lee "Babe" Mays
Sammie Lee "Babe" Mays, 74, of Hamburg died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at her home. A native of Dermott and a Hamburg resident for 56 years, she was a homemaker and member of the Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ.
Survivors include five sons, Bishop Danny C. Mays and wife Carolyn, Supt. Jasper Mays, Jr., and wife Erma, Willie Mays and wife Paula, Eddie Mays and wife Beverly and Phillip Mays and wife Gwen, all of Hamburg; six daughters, Alice Booker of Atlanta, GA, Alma Tolefree and husband Carl of Hamburg, Gloria Jackson and husband L. E. of Nashville, TN, Cora Hicks and husband Roger of El Dorado, Melinda Bess and husband Carl of Ft. Pierce, FL, and Renea Ison of Round Rock, Texas; two sisters, Willie Mae Woods and Hazel Richards, both of Hamburg; 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Mays, Sr.; one son, Rodney O'Neal Mays; and her parents, Sammy Louis and Carrie Todd Haynes.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Supt. Frank Anderson and Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Pallbearers will be Clifford Hawkins, Wayne Pugh, Glen Stanley, Willie Ashford, Barney Woods and Frank Woods. Burial will follow services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 18, from 6-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Angela Denise Madison
Angela Denise Madison, 34, of Chesapeake, VA, died May 22, 2008, at Chesapeake Memorial Hospital in Chesapeake. Born in Little Rock on June 26, 1973, to Judy Jenkins Smith and Robert Foreman, she received her early education in Hamburg and was a 1991 graduate of Salem High School in Virginia Beach, VA, and later graduated from ECPI Computer Institute with a degree in medical computer technology. She was an employee of the Pitney Bowes Company for 10 years.
Angela married Brian Madison on November 4, 2000, and to this union three children were born, Veronica Dyvia-Renee, Dante Thomas and Allen Dupree Angel. She attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Community Choir.
She was a master with the computer and enjoyed cooking, singing, creating arts and crafts and winning in Scrabble. She also enjoyed writing stage plays and was known for doing her own vehicle repairs.
Survivors are her husband and children, her parents, Judy and Lafayette Smith of Virginia Beach; one brother, USMC Staff Sergeant Patrick D. Forman of Boston, MA; one sister, Seleathia Smith of Virginia Beach; her grandmother, Novella Dunum of Hamburg; her great-grandmother, Mamie Lee Dupree of Hamburg; an aunt, Valco Dupree-Peters and husband Billy of Chesapeake; an uncle, Jerry D. Baker and wife Gustava of Kansas City , MO; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held May 31 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bishop William Darryl Scott officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk.
Stephen W. Moon
Stephen W. Moon, 75, of Crossett died Sunday, June 22, 2008. Born on August 27, 1932, in Swifton to the late Chester and Stella Soden Moon, he was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and worked until he was 75 years old. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Denson Moon of Crossett; two sons, Dennis Stephen Moon and wife Sommer of Crossett and Doug Bussell of Texarkana, AR; three daughters, Deeanna Hamilton and husband James of Crossett, Karen Moon Wheeler of Conway and Dayla Gwin and husband Carl John of Crossett; his mother-in-law, Callie Denson of Crossett; two brothers, Bobby Joe Moon of Vero Beach, FL, and Gene Wayne Moon of Marysville, TN; two sisters, Ruby Brooks of Ft. Pierce, FL, and Chestine Loukes of Bald Knob; eighteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karol Jo Moon; a sister, Faye Moon and a brother, Ray Moon.
Grave-side services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Norris Hill Cemetery with Bro. Justin Uselton officiating and arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, Children's Ministry, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635.
Odell Franklin Oden
Odell Franklin Oden, 90, of Crossett died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Cherry Ridge Guest Care. Born on March 26, 1918, in Pine Hill to Thomas Franklin Oden and Velma E. Stanley Oden Smith, he was a World War II Army veteran, a carpenter and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and music director for a number of years.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Gibbs and husband Claude of Bald Knob and Kathy Duncan and husband Lynn of Alexander; a son, Royce Oden and wife Alice of Crossett; a daughter-in-law, Betty Oden of Crossett; two brothers, Deward Oden and wife Sarah of Poyen and Thomas Oden, Jr., and wife Vera of Hamburg; two sisters, Tomie May Williamson and husband Paul of Alvin, TX, and Lois Williams and husband Donald of Crossett; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a caregiver, Mary Thornton of Crossett.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary L. Oden; a son, Gary Franklin Oden; a brother, Ovis Jake Oden; and a sister, Mandy Pennington.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 21, in the First Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Doyle, Norman, Greg, Mike and Kevin Oden and Scott Duncan. Honorary pallbearers were Herman Johnson and Harold Dean Bonnette.
Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Abiding Faith Christian School, 1552 Highway 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635.
Thomas Earl Sivils
Thomas Earl Sivils, 80, of Crossett died Friday, June 20, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 25, 1927, in Parkdale to Thomas Irven and Jamie Goldie White Sivils, he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the Air Force with over 22 years of service. Earl worked for the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers at Felsenthal. He was a member of Hamburg Prairie Lodge #465 and Crossett Lodge #576, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of Hollis Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus and loved gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Marinshaw Sivils of Crossett; four daughters, Libby Caston and husband Terry of Russellville, Arlene Bates of Nashville, TN, Cheryl Sivils of Reno, NV, and Kelley Howie and husband Curt of Crossett; his 101 year old mother-in-law, Marjorie Somerville of Santa Clara, CA; three brothers, Doyle Sivils of Hamburg, Fred Sivils of Bastrop, LA, and Bill Sivils of Greenbrier; a brother-in-law, Jack Marinshaw of Santa Clara, CA; one sister, Glenda Doss of Hamburg; two grandchildren, T. J. & Drew Watt; and two step-grandchildren, Patric & Cole Howie. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Marion Sivils, Farrell Sivils and an infant sister, Linda Mae Sivils.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, June 23, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Cliff Bernard and Gene Howie officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Mark Doss, Chris Doss, Buck Fryar, Darrell White, J. L. Jeffers and Ken Sivils. Honorary pallbearers were the Masons of Hamburg Prairie Lodge # 465 and Crossett Lodge # 576.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Rose Reynolds Ward
Rose Reynolds Ward, 64, of Warren died Monday, June 16, 2008, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock. Born June 25, 1943, in Bradley County, a daughter of the late Orie Reynolds and Vossie Stanfield Reynolds, she was a homemaker, a member of Westside Baptist Church and the widow of Charles Everette Ward, Sr., who died April 18, 2007. They were united in marriage October 23, 1959.
Also preceding her death was a son, Allen Ward and brothers Dale Reynolds and Sherry Wayne Reynolds.
Survivors are three sons, David Ward, of Warren, James J.O. Ward of Fordyce, and C.J. Ward of Warren; a daughter, Tammy Stewart of Crossett; a brother, Orvil Reynolds of Warren; three sisters, Velma Jenkins, and Mary Davis, both of Warren, and Martha Rice of Crossett; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Grave-side services were Wednesday, June 18, at Parker Prospect Cemetery near Warren, with the Rev. Wayman Mann officiating.
Active pallbearers were Justin Stewart, Lee Taylor, Brandon Ward, Chris Ward, Steven Ward, Bruce Ward, Jimmy Dale Camp, Jeremy Simmons, and Shay Simmons. See online guest book at www.frazerfuneralhome.com.