Lillian Chance Green
Lillian Chance Green, 84, of Sterlington, LA, died Thursday, October 30, 2008, at the L. S. U. Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. She was born July 15, 1924, in Ashley County and was a housewife and a Baptist.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Green of Sterlington; three sons, Bobby Chance of Hamburg, Donald Chance of Crossett and David Chance and wife Ruth of Sheridan; a stepson, Wayne Green of Alexandria, LA; a stepdaughter, Brenda Lewis of Sterlington; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Gray of Monroe and Mary Ruth Johnston of Harrell; and two brothers, William Norrell of Crossett and James Norrell of Shreveport, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, George N. Norrell and Brooksie Coulter Norrell of Ashley County; her first husband, Walter H. Chance; a daughter, Violet Chance; and a son, Charles Leon Chance.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe, LA, with Rev. Billy Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Toney, Wayne and John Louis Chance, Norman Swan, Fred and Larry Norrell, Brad Parks and Carl Keller. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
Carroll Wood Haisty
Carroll Wood Haisty, 84, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Monticello. Born on December 30, 1923, in Monticello to William Preston and Ecil Christina Wells Haisty, he was a BSE graduate of Arkansas A & M College in Monticello and an MS graduate of Peabody College. He taught school in Fountain Hill, St. Charles and Aldine High School in Houston, TX, for many years. He was a member of Eureka Lodge in Monticello and Crossett Lodge #576 and was a Shriner. Mr. Haisty attended the Church of Christ in Crossett.
Survivors include two brothers, John S. Haisty and wife Carolyn of Springdale and Wesley Kenneth Haisty of Lebanon, MO; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Edna Bernice Haisty Durham, LaBonne Willene Haisty Jordan and Dorothy Nell Haisty Byrne.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, October 31, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Cheri Medlin, 52, of Crossett died Friday, October 31, 2008, at her home. Born on June 16, 1956, in Waynesville, North Carolina, to parents Barry and Peggy Medlin, Cheri was a teacher at Hamburg Junior High for the past 3 ½ years. Prior to that, she taught in the St. Bernard Parish Schools in Louisiana for 23 ½ years. Her hobbies included reading and music.
Survivors include her mother, Peggy Medlin of Crossett; three brothers, Bobby Medlin of Fort Smith, Kevin Medlin and Keith Medlin, both of Crossett; her niece, Kasey Medlin of Monticello; a great-nephew, Joshua Shook of Monticello; and a host of other relatives and friends. Cheri was preceded in death by her father, Barry Medlin, in 2006.
A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 5, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jody Gannaway and Donnie Dubose officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Howard "Pete" Murphy
Howard "Pete" Murphy, 89, of Hamburg died Monday, October 27, 2008, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Crossett, a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg since 1975 and a former resident of Arlington, Texas, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He was a carpenter and a member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Merle Pennington Murphy of Hamburg; two daughters, Becky Powell of Diana, Texas, and Shirley Fenn and husband Melvin of Alvarado, Texas; two brothers, Dick Murphy of Crossett and Ben Murphy of Hamburg; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sally Maxwell Murphy; four brothers, Hugh, Bob, Charlie and Fred Murphy; and three sisters, Laura Clark, Elene Honeycut and Thelma Daniels.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 30, in the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Jackson officiating. Burial followed at the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Bruns, Gerry Rodgers, Ronnie Rodgers, Bruce Pennington, Don Pennington and Jimmy Craig. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Boseman, Eddie Black, Ronnie Tippen, Mickey Pennington, Connie Pennington, LeFreda Johnson, Kenneth Moran and Garner Hancock.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Inc. See the online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
William C. "Bill" Norman, Jr.
William C. "Bill" Norman, Jr., 73, of Little Rock died Monday, November 3, 2008, at Arkansas Hospice. He was born in Crossett to the late Mary Tom and William C. Norman. He retired in 1995 as chairman of the board of First National Bank of Crossett, an institution founded by his grandfather in 1903. He was educated at Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an active and enthusiastic supporter of the W & L Alumni Association.
Bill's community interests included active involvement in the Crossett Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Crossett Players and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Crossett. After moving to Little Rock, he faithfully attended Men's Bible Study at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and the Little Rock Touchdown Club. He served the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas in several capacities. His passion was writing. For many years he wrote the graduate section for the Ashley News Observer and most recently contributed articles for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Clair McClain Norman; children, Mary Ellen Norman of Little Rock, Allen (Ax) Norman and wife Jennifer and their daughter Samantha Rose, all of Brooklyn, New York; a sister, Kay Norman Murray and husband John of Dublin, Ohio; a niece, Stephanie Bisson and husband Jeff; nephews, John Murray, Jr., and Chris Murray and wife Jodi; and seven great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Craig McClain and wife Elena of Mill Valley, California; and many cousins.
Private interment will be at Mount Holly Cemetery. Services will follow at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 6, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6th and Scott Streets, officiated by Reverend Scott Walters, Reverend Susan Payne and Reverend Kate Alexander.
Memorials may be sent to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 Hickory, Crossett, Arkansas 71635; Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201; the American Cancer Society; Arkansas Hospice, or the charity of choice. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.
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Larry Richard Stanfield
Larry Richard Stanfield, 61, of Pine Bluff died Friday, October 31, 2008, at M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. He was born November 19, 1946, at Warren, a son of the late Ira Richard Stanfield and Kathern Morie Smith Stanfield. He was a graduate the Hermitage Public School system and the University of Arkansas at Monticello and furthered his education at Auburn University and New Mexico Highlands University where he earned a master's degree in education. He was a retired teacher in the Pine Bluff School District with 38 years of service, retiring in June, 2007. He was a member of Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff.
Survivors are his wife Jo Ellen Spencer Stanfield, who he married on July 18, 1970; a son, Brian Jason Stanfield and spouse Wendy of Batesville; a daughter, Kathryn Mays and spouse Tony of Fayetteville; a brother Jerrel Stanfield, of Warren; a sister, Elois Taylor of Warren; and five grandchildren, Garrett Stanfield, Amber Stanfield, Nathan Stanfield, Collin Mays and Peyton Mays. Funeral services were planned for 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, November 5, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Rev. George 0'Dell officiating. Burial was to follow at the Outlaw Cemetery at Sumpter. Pallbearers were to be Ken Socia, Ronnie Jones, Dean Emerson, Ronnie Stanfield, Ryan Stanfield, Scott Stanfield, Mark Taylor, and Mike Taylor. See online guest book at www.frazerfuneral home.com.
Helen Laverne Wells, Ph. D.
A memorial service will be held for Hamburg native Dr. Helen Laverne Wells on Saturday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at Promise Land Baptist Church. She died October 2, 2008, while a patient in Montgomery County Hospital in Blacksburg, VA, after receiving injuries during a fall in her home. She was born March 9, 1923, in Springdale to Norman Melville and Lillie Pearl Riley Wells, then attended elementary school and graduated from high school in Hamburg.
Helen was a graduate of the University of Arkansas with an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in home economics. She received her Ph. D. in housing from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She taught housing at several universities, including the University of Arkansas, Iowa State University, Oregon State University and the University of Nevada, but spent her latter years at Virginia Tech University. She retired from there in 1992. During her career, she also spent two years teaching in India, sponsored by the Ford Foundation.
She is survived by three brothers, Norman M. Wells, Jr., of Pensacola, FL; Joe Wells of Liberty, Texas, and Richard A. Wells of Bentonville; and a sister, Shirley Wells Hall of Monterey, California. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Lanell Wells Elkins of Freeport, Texas, in 1982. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, Indiana, and California. Friends and acquaintances are invited to join the family at this service.
Obituaries Published November 12
Earle Benson, 86, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 9, 2008, at the Cornerstone Hospital of West Monroe, LA. A native of Woodbury and a resident of Hamburg for the past 38 years, he graduated from Hampton High School and the Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN. He retired from Georgia-Pacific Chemical and the City of Hamburg. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was an usher for many years. He loved bird hunting, fly fishing and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife, Janet King Benson of Hamburg; five step-children, Tammy Love and husband Shannon Walters of Mangum, LA, Helen Croswell of Panama City, FL, James “Jimbo” Duke of Whitehall, David Duke of Little Rock and Susie Harrison of Lake Village; two sisters, Myrtle Blann of El Dorado and Mervyn Morris of Shreveport, LA; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two wives, Dean Dunn Benson and Muriel Duke Benson; two sons, James Earle Benson, Jr., and Phillip Lynn Benson; his parents, Noah & Dollie Bethea Benson; a brother, Arvil Benson; and a sister, Beatrice Johnson.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Paul Brown, Charles Berryman, Dean Hill, Freddie Martin, James Robinson and Johnnie Pierce. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Carl Locke Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Inc. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Austin O. Bordeaux
Austin O. Bordeaux, 86, of Wilmot died Thursday, November 6, 2008, at his residence in Wilmot. A native of Monticello and a resident of Wilmot for the past 60 years, he graduated from Drew Central High School in 1940 and from Texas A&M in 1948. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps in New Caledonia during World War II. He was a farmer and a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church where he was a deacon and a Sunday school teacher for 59 years. He served on numerous agriculture committees down through the years, and he was a former Wilmot School Board member and served as president for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alma McKee Bordeaux of Wilmot; a son, Byron Bordeaux and wife Sherri of Owasso, OK; a daughter, Christy Holland and husband Larry of Hamburg; a sister, Edna Bishop of Shreveport, LA; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Austin Bordeaux, in 1956; his parents, Lamont & Blanch McDougald Bordeaux; three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 9, in the Wilmot Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Bowles officiating. Burial followed at the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were George B. Galler, Bernard Blocker, James L. Grice. Jr., Chad Hall, Roger May, and Charles Gray, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Wilmot Baptist Church, P. O. Box 248, Wilmot, AR 71676. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Earnest Campbell, Jr.
Earnest Campbell, Jr., 54 of Parkdale died Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at his residence in Parkdale. A lifelong resident of Parkdale, he was a former employee of Georgia Pacific's plywood mill, and was a Methodist.
He is survived by two sisters, Gwendolyn Campbell of Crossett and Willie Mae Gildart of Chicago, IL.
Funeral services were at 3 p. m. Saturday, November 8, at Penney Chapel CME with Rev. Johnnie Danzy officiating. Pallbearers were A.C. Campbell, Willie Williams, Eddie Lane, Jessie Packer, James Dillard & Dan Smith. Burial followed at the Zion Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
James Robert Cone, Sr.
James Robert Cone, Sr., 70, of Crossett died on Sunday, November 9, 2008. Born on November 21, 1937, in Crossett to Thomas L. and Myrtle Thornton Cone, he retired from Georgia Pacific after 37 years of service. He was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.
Survivors include 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; one brother, Frank Cone of Bristol, FL; one sister, Barbara Whorton of Shreveport, LA; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cone was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Morrow Cone, and second wife, Dorothy Goodman Cone; a brother, Tom Cone, Jr.; and three sisters, Georgie Alexander, Mary Lee Jenkins and Loraine Grayson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 12, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation will be held from 5n8 p.m., Tuesday at North Crossett First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1035 Hwy 133, Crossett, AR 71635. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Gwendolyn Faye Greene
Gwendolyn Faye Greene, 51, of Montrose died Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by her parents, Roger & Edmonia Greene of Montrose; three brothers, Roger Greene, Jr., of Chicago, IL, and Curtis Edward Greene & Wendell P. Greene, both of Little Rock; two sisters, Barbara L. Smith of Little Rock and Evelyn Mickle of San Antonio, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and loved ones.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 8, at #2 Baptist Church in Portland with Revs. Albert Fenceroy and Archie Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Andy Morris, Jackie White, Larry Woods, T. Roy Lee, Jr., Maurice Robinson, II, and Argentry Givens. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of #2 Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Rebecca Lynn Lloyd Murphy
Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Lloyd Murphy, 46, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 4, 2008, after a battle of cancer. Born to Bobby and Mattie Pollock Lloyd on July 10, 1962, in Crossett, she was a 1981 graduate of Hamburg High School. She worked for the Ashley County Assessor's office for many years and later worked for the Ashley County Abstract Company. She was a licensed abstractor in Arkansas and an Arkansas Licensed Title Agent and was a member of the North Crossett First Baptist Church. Rebecca enjoyed fishing, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Bob Murphy, Jr.; a son, Bradley Murphy; her mother, Mattie Pollock Lloyd, all of Crossett; two sisters, Betty Morgan and husband Darryl of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Susan Riels and husband Andy of Crossett; a niece Kayla Riels; and two nephews, David Morgan and Drew Riels. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Lloyd.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, November 7, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bros. Robin Allen and Gayle Riles officiating. Pallbearers were L. M. Stewart, Stan White, Charlie Smith, Tim Vaden, Chad Lloyd and Danny Lloyd.
Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1035 Hwy 133 N, Crossett, AR or Crossroads Cemetery Fund, c/o Vernell Hollis, 916 Ashley Road 461, Hamburg, AR 71646. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Dock T. Oden
Dock T. Oden, 85, of Crossett died Saturday, November 8, 2008, at his residence. He was a native of Amity, a resident of Crossett for the past 75 years, and a retired carpenter and was a member of the Arkansas Carpenters Union Local #493.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vivian Oden; one son, Freddie Oden of Bastrop, LA; two daughters, Alice D. Frisby of Crossett and Barbara Mays of Sims; one brother, Charles T. Oden of Gould, TN; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, John Tilman Oden; two grandchildren, LeAnna Frisby Markham & LaDerrell Frisby; his parents, Luther & Alice Bryan Oden; and fourteen brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Charlie Murphy & Bro. Kevin Herrington officiating. Pallbearers are to be Richard, Michael, Chris & Steven Frisby, Ricky, Greg & Brian Paul Oden. Honorary pallbearers are nephews & great-nephews. Burial will follow services at the Eden Cemetery. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Caroline Handy Wing
Caroline Handy Wing, 75, of Crossett died Friday, November 7, 2008, in Crossett. Born June 8, 1933, in Appalachia, Virginia, to Dr. Frank E. and Ruth Smith Handy, Mrs. Wing was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett. She had worked for Georgia Pacific and was a librarian for many years in Virginia until purchasing Blue Ridge Book Store in Wytheville, Virginia.
Survivors include her husband, Robert H. Wing of Crossett; one son, Thomas J. Wing and wife Karen of Raleigh, North Carolina; two daughters, Nancy McCay and husband Andy of Crossett and Deborah Wing-Leonard and husband Chris of Friendswood, Texas; two step-children, Robert D. Wing and wife Linda of Brandon, Mississippi, and Sally Simpson of Pride, LA; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 9, in The Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Rev. Bonnie Milligan officiating. The cremated remains will be interred in Glencoe Cemetery in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, Arkansas 71635 or Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published November 19
Earl H. Cochran
Earl H. Cochran, 90, of Portland, who was born October 26, 1918, died Thursday, November 13, 2008, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native and lifelong resident of Portland, he graduated from Portland High School in 1936 and from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1940. He was a captain in the United States Army, serving during World War II in the European Theater where he received a Bronze Star. He was a business man, a farmer and a member of the Portland United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Bayou Grain board of directors and a former member of the Portland School Board, the Portland City Council, the Democratic Central Committee, the Ashley County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Fleschman's Bayou Watershed District Board and the Ashley County Conservation District Board.
He is survived by two sons, Gary Cochran and wife Pat, and Paul Cochran, all of Portland; three grandchildren, Denise Castleberry of Whitehall, Amy Jolly of Southhaven, MS, and Haley Cochran-Thomas of Reston, VA; and two great-grandchildren, Caitlin & Savannah Castleberry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Maxine Gary Cochran, in 1996; his parents, W.W. "Fred" & A.E. "Gussie" Gibbs Cochran; and a brother, William "Bill" Cochran, Jr.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 16, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Pastor Terrie Lynn Bunnell officiating and with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Burial followed at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Young, Bill Norsworthy, Stanton Veazey, Jim Moss, Ron Miller, Gary Morgan and Billy Grimes. Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 37, Portland, AR 71663. See on-line guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Charlene Harrison, 79, of Little Rock died Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Mrs. Harrison was a native of Bradley County, a resident of Crossett, a former cook at the Rose Inn Hotel, and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of Silver Star Chapter 301, Order of Eastern Star in Crossett.
Survivors include one son, Eddie Joe Harrison of Englewood, OH; two step-sons, Corey Harrison of Crossett and Melvin Harrison, Jr., of Seattle, WA; four daughters, Melba Barrier, Mary Jean and husband Wilbert Cuspert, Versia Marie and husband Donald Heath, all of Seattle, WA, and Rose Marie and husband Ulish Haynes of Crossett; one sister, Clorene Belin of Belchamp, MD; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Harrison; her parents, Harrison & Rhoda Rogers Trotter; eight sisters, Lee Ellen Hampton, Irene Newton, Fannie B. Cooper, Ometha Lowe, Rosie Johnson, Augusta Hallaway, Daisy Trotter & Bea Trotter; and five brothers, Levie, Graham, Earnest, James & Robert Trotter.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Maurice Belin & Pastor Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Charles Bryant, Derrick Couser, Danny Lowe, Clinton Williams, Willie Smith & Charles Carter. Honorary pallbearers are Ulish Haynes, Jr., Jamone Scott, Kamone Scott, Brandon Heath & Buford Taylor. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See on-line guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Johnnie Wiley Henderson
Johnnie Wiley Henderson, 63, of Crossett died Friday, November 14, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from the Georgia Pacific paper mill and was a member of North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Kelley Robbins of Benton and Rachael and husband Allen Smith of Hamburg; two sisters, Elizabeth and husband Herman Johnson and Joyce Sivils, both of Crossett; and one grandson, Dillon Robbins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Riley & Dorothy Evelyn Henderson; and his twin brother, Jessie Riley Henderson.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at Cromwell Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Ebarb officiating. Pallbearers were Keith Bozeman, Julian Locke, Allen Haygood, Bo Roberts, Pete Henderson and Roy Ebarb. Burial followed in the Crossroads Cemetery. See on-line guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Martha Sue Simpson
Martha Sue Simpson, 53, of Little Rock died Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Little Rock for the past 16 years, she was an account representative for Entergy and a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church.
She is survived by two sons, Edward Coleman of Fayetteville and Roderick Smith of Tulsa, OK; one daughter, Torletta Simpson of Little Rock; her mother, Willie Jean Daniels of Fountain Hill; four brothers, Daryle Daniels, Ricky and wife Alveria Daniels & Clarence and wife Wanda Daniels, all of Fountain Hill, and Donald and wife Karen Foster of Crossett; two sisters, Latrice Simpson of Crossett and Rosemary Simpson of Hamburg; and three grandchildren, Chace DeShawn Hughes, Kalonni Londell Smith and Ryan Markiese Bush. She was preceded in death by her father, David Simpson, and one brother, Clark Simpson.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 15, in the Bethel A. M. E. Church with Revs. Christopher Goodwin and Daryle Daniels, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Demon Johnson, Dion Cole, Christopher Simpson, Clarence Daniels, Jr., James Chapman Diggs & Patrick Daniels. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Simpson, Thomas Daniels, Artie Moore, Terrence Daniels & Brendon Woods. Burial followed services at the Norris Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See on-line guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Will Olive, 94, of Wilmot, who was born September 10, 1914, died Friday, November 14, 2008, at the St. Joseph Nursing Home in Monroe, Louisiana. A native of Camden, MS, a resident of Wilmot since 1984 and a former resident of Jones, LA, he was a farmer and a member of the Second Baptist Church south of Wilmot.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Brim Olive of Wilmot; six sons, Ozzy Olive and wife Lucia of Mentone, CA, Bascil Olive and wife Roshell of Richmond, CA, Alfonso Olive and wife Gloria of Ontario, CA, Kenneth Olive and wife Ada of Rialto, CA, Rickey Olive and wife Eggy of Long Beach, CA, and Richard Olive and wife Renae of Shreveport, LA; five daughters, Farish Edward of Hamburg, Linda Parker and husband Rickey of Bastrop, LA, Marion Simpson and husband William of Crossett, Vannessal Powell and husband Drew of Monroe, LA, and Brenda Philson and husband Rodrick of Baton Rouge, LA; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Ford Olive, in 1981; a daughter, Barbara Hestle; three sons, Porter Dean Olive, Louis Terrell Olive and William Otis Olive; his parents, Jerry & Pauline Goodloe Olive; two brothers, Bob & Clinton Maxwell; and three sisters, Eldora, Ophelia and Josephine Olive.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m., Thursday November 20, at the Second Baptist Church with Bro. Louis James officiating. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery in Jones, Louisiana. Pallbearers are to be Ozzie, Bascil, Alfonso, Kenneth, Rickey & Richard Olive. Honorary pallbearers are to be Drew Powell, Jr., Rodrick Philson, William Simpson, Rickey Parker, Johnny Olive and DaVince Olive. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
William "Billy" Wisecarver
William "Billy" Wisecarver, 65, of Hamburg, who was born March 18, 1943, died Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a lifelong resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, he was a papermaker for the Georgia-Pacific for 35 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Meridian Baptist Church; an avid hunter and fisherman and a lifelong member of the Miller Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty Lou Riles Wisecarver; two sons, Todd Wisecarver and Richard Dillon Wisecarver; two daughters, Paula Kelley and husband Terry and Jewell Lowry and husband Lee, all of Hamburg; a step-sister, Janet Chavis of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Katy Gwin, Lauren Gwin, Brooke Wisecarver, Roxanne Lowry and Jessica Riles; one great-grandchild and four step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlene Miller Wilson.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, November 14, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Burial followed at the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donnie Miller, Robert Riles, Dewayne Brooks, Herman Wayne Gates, Gerald Lauhon and Paul Ray Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Miller and Eugene Miles. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 1618, Little Rock, AR 72203. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published November 26
Lou Willie Callins
Lou Willie Callins, 82, of Crossett died Saturday, November 15, 2008, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg, she was retired from the Georgia Pacific paper mill and was a member of First Baptist Church on Florida Street. She was preceded in death by a son, Alonzo "Pete" Harris, her parents, Terry & Artie Lee Haynes Callins, six sisters: Mildred Smith, Mary Tucker, Floydie Walker, Mary Robinson, Beatrice Williams & Rosie Tatum & two brothers: Louis & Jimmy Terry Callins.
She is survived by one son, Marvin Harris of Crossett; one daughter, Patricia Harris of Crossett; one brother, Horace, wife Dorothy Morrison of Carthage; three sisters, Mattie Jean Hampton of Compton, Mable Harris of Washington, D.C., and Betty Ruth and husband Alvin Tynes of Los Angeles, CA; eleven grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 22, First Baptist Church with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Pallbearers were Grover C. Bell, Prezell Jamerson, Jimmy Smith, Ronald Morris, Gary Morris & George Jacob. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie King, Andrew Allen, Lonnie Walker, Ulish Haynes, Jr., & Preston Girtman, Jr. Burial was in the Phillip Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at cromwellfuneralhome.net.
James Russell Dye
James Russell Dye, 75, of Monticello, formerly of Hamburg, died Thursday, November 20, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in Baxter to the late Loren Julian Dye and Lela Janie McCarver Dye. He was retired from the U.S. Army and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Woods Dye of Monticello; two sons, David Dye of Grady and Ronny Dye of Monticello; one daughter, Linda Quinlan of St. Roberts, Mo.; one sister, Vera Rial of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Stephenson-Dearman chapel in Monticello. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Cemetery near Crossett.
Barbara Mitchell Lindsey
Barbara Rayna Mitchell Lindsey, 32, of Berryville, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, November 16, 2008. Born on April 7, 1976, to Joseph Mitchell and Betty Lambert Martin in Mt. Vernon, IL, she was a homemaker and a member of Harvest Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, William Lindsey; her son, Dylan Kelley, both of Berryville; two brothers, Joe Mitchell of Hot Springs and Jerry Summerland of Mazon, IL; four sisters, Beth Meshell and husband Harlan of Strong, Belinda Harr, Brenda Summerland and Betty Jo Summerland, all of Mazon, IL; two step-fathers, Douglas Butch Meredith of Crossett and David Martin of Crossett; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Martin, and her father, Joseph Mitchell. Her remains were cremated with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Mary Johnson Medders
Mary Lou Johnson Medders,72, of Crossett died Monday, November 17, 2008, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. She was born on November 18, 1935, in Terry, Mississippi, to Herman Lee and Emma Rodgers Johnson. Mrs. Medders attended school in Mississippi. She earned her BSE degree in elementary education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and her master's degree in education from the University of Arkansas. Mrs. Medders taught for 28 years in the Crossett Public School system. She was an active member of Alpha Kappa since March, 1971, serving as president for two years. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, was a prayer warrior in the prayer room and was in the Golden Voice Choir. She was also a member of Crossett Chapter of Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James Maxie Medders of Crossett; son, Maxie Medders, Jr., and wife Karen of Monticello, daughter, Renee Medders Henderson and husband Bill of Alexandria, LA; son, Keith Medders of Madison, MS, and Janet Medders of Clinton, MS; daughter, Malinda Medders Raley and husband Brian of Owasso, OK; eleven grandchildren, Danita Miller and Staci Miller of Little Rock, Maggie Medders of Clinton and Emily Medders of Clinton, MS, Michelle Medders of White Hall, Kristen Lybrand and Travis Medders of Monticello, Kali Medders and Alex Edmonds of Crossett, Haley McCone of Alexandria, LA, and Zachary Raley of Owasso, OK; one great-grandchild, Braxton Medders of White Hall; and a sister, Myrtle Branning of Cleveland, MS.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 20, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Rev. Larry White and Fletcher Lang officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund; 701 Main Street, Crossett, Arkansas 71635. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.