Madison Elizabeth Bloom
Madison Elizabeth Bloom, 14, of Warren died Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at home. She was born September 7, 1994, in Pine Bluff, a daughter of Stan Bloom and Theron West York, both of Warren. She was a member of First Baptist Church and an eighth grade student at Warren Middle School.
Surviving in addition to her parents is her stepmother, Linda Bloom of Warren; a stepbrother, Lance Hill of Dumas; three sisters, Lakin York of Warren, Sarah Bloom of Monticello and Kerri Watson of North Little Rock; two stepsisters, Abby Smith and Anell Meeks of Hamburg; step-grandparents, Nellie and Leon Tubbs of Hamburg; and maternal grandmother, Virginia Horn of El Dorado.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Warren First Baptist Church with Revs. Greg Stanley and David Williams and Greg Church officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Greg Church, Gerald Martin, Buddy West, Seth West, Billy Joe Smith, Tommy Tubbs, Eddie West and Bubba York. Honorary pallbearers were Justin Starr, Robert Austin Richardson and the youth group of First Baptist Church. Online guest book www.frazerfuneralhome.com. Memorials are preferred to First Baptist Church youth group or Arkansas Baptist Children's Home.
Mary Katherine Burchfield
Mary Katherine LaGrone Burchfield, 90, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at Cherry Ridge Guest Center in Bastrop, LA. Born on January 14, 1918, to Thomas A., Jr., and Annie May Bledsoe LaGrone in Monticello, Mrs. Burchfield was a member of the Eastern Star, a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. She enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Paul H. Burchfield of Crossett; one son, Billy Paul Burchfield and wife Jacque of Collinston, LA; one sister, Dorothy Blacet of Hot Springs Village; two grandchildren, Luin Paul Burchfield and Brannon Smith; one great grandchild, Micah Smith; and several other relatives. She was preceded in death by two brothers, T. A. Morgan, James Spivey and one sister, Ada Pearl Harper.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, September 26, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Ken Burchfield officiating. Pallbearers were Freddie Guin, Greg Sivils, John Pennington, James Burchfield, Richard Russell and Brannon Smith.
Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Brent James Campbell
Brent James Campbell, 37, of Crossett died Friday, September 26, 2008, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a former employee of Get Rid of It and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Kesha Baker Campbell; two daughters, Braelynn Campbell of Crossett and Kiara Smith of Morgan Town, WV; his father, Leonard Campbell of Crossett; his mother, Connie Campbell of Fort Worth, TX; one brother, Brandon Campbell of Fort Worth; two sisters, Brookie Bouie of Fort Worth and Francesca Simpson of Atkinson, KY; and his paternal grandmother, Lillie Mae Law of Crossett.
Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Thursday, October 2, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are to be Melvin Nalls, Byron Davis, Jimmy Washington, Shamilus Jamerson, Glen Moore and Jeff Holyfield. Honorary pallbearers are Damon Brown and the CHS Class of 1989. Burial will follow services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Roy Allen Gardner, III
Roy Allen Gardner, III, 59, of Crossett died Friday, September 26, 2008, at his residence in Crossett. A native of Spearsville, LA, he was a former EMT and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Jr. and Lois Gardner; one brother, Roger Frish; and one sister, Joan Manning.
He is survived by three daughters, Trudy and husband William Graves and Sherri Valentine of Crossett and Dwenee Barnes of Spearsville; and ten grandchildren.
The remains were cremated. No memorial services were planned. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Garrey Lynn Hamilton
Garrey Lynn Hamilton, 27, of El Paso, Texas, died Thursday, September 25, 2008, at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas. He was born June 5, 1981 in El Paso. He was a salesman, student, and a Baptist.
Survivors include his parents, Lynn Carrol Hamilton and Diana Lynn Hensley Hamilton of El Paso; a brother, Anthony Griffith of Bastrop, La.; two sisters, Elizabeth Elliott of Glendale, KY., and Tina Hamilton of Percyville, VA.; seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, September 29, at Stephenson-Dearman chapel in Monticello with the Revs. Allan Eppinette, Gary Jordan, and Charles Hensley officiating. Burial was at Lone Sassafras Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Eric Hensley, Josh Hensley, Sparky Zaunbrecher, Brian Hensley, Derek Hensley, and Gary Mattice.
Kevin Lamar Thompson
Kevin Lamar Thompson, 22, of Crossett died Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A native of El Dorado, he was a member of Living Testament Church of God in Christ. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ellis and Shirley Thompson; and his maternal grandparents, Barbara Ann Pace and Holloway Gantt.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Meadows of Pine Bluff; his father, Donald Thompson of Crossett; three brothers, Donald and wife Sharon Gantt of El Dorado, Lucas Thompson and Jeremy Thompson, both of Crossett; three sisters, Corshelia Thompson of Houston, TX, Valerie and husband Delvin Williams and Jasmine and husband Lorenzo Smith, all of Crossett; and his great-grandmother, Shirley Carroll of El Dorado.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Jeremy Thompson, Lucas Thompson, Delvin Williams, Lorenzo Smith, Jessie Scales, Rico Duff, Steven Jackson & J.H. Hill. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Edith Rand Waller
Edith Rand Waller, 81, of Uvalde, Texas, died Friday, September 26, 2008. Born on March 19, 1927, to John Dewey and Mabel Rand of Gillett, she married Ivan Waller in 1944 in Gillett. She was employed for 20 years at Uvalde Pump Service and was a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Charlie Waller and wife Linda of Uvalde; a daughter, Reesa Crook of Dermott; a granddaughter, Charlene Waller of San Antonio, TX; three sisters, Arwilda Williams and Winnie Ruth Rand of Gillett and Burnice Finney of Dallas, TX; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a granddaughter, Rhonda Lynn Waller; three brothers, Leonard, Bud and Fred Rand; and a sister, Ruby Gordon.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde with Rev. Scott Bradford officiating and with arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary of Uvalde. Pallbearers were Dale Waller, Tommy Williams, Tommy Leonard, James Pivoqa, Delfino Granado and Robert Jeffery.
Memorials may be made to Saving Lives Close to Home Capital Campaign, 1025 Garner Field Rd., Uvalde, TX 78801. See online guest book at www.rekfunerals.com.
John W. Watt
John W. Watt, 66, of Crossett died Friday, September 26, 2008, in Little Rock. Born on May 3, 1942, to Norwood Watt and Irene Baker Watt Atkins in Crossett, he was an U. S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from Georgia Pacific. A member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, Mr. Watt was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Rene Watt; one son, Glen Watt and wife Christy, all of Crossett; one daughter, Debra Miller and husband Tony of Lake Village; three grandchildren, Amanda Oliver and Patricia Lofton of Crossett and Austin Miller of Hattiesburg, MS; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, September 29, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. John Marlar and Clayton Hales officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Mac Watt, Chester Rosen, Tony Lee, Billy White, James White and Jerry Pahal. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Miller, Brady Parker, Dickie Wall and Roy Watt.
Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published October 8
James Edward Akin
James Edward Akin, 76, of Hamburg died on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Greenville, Miss., to the late George Roy Akin and Lizzie Louise Hackman Akin, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Earl Akin and a sister, Juanita Halley.
He was a retired school superintendent and basketball coach and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church of Hamburg. He was ordained as a deacon on Dec. 11, 1988, at the Parkdale Baptist Church, where he was a member for many years. Coach Akin enjoyed much success as a basketball coach and coached senior boys, junior boys, senior girls and junior girls in the Humnoke, Wilmar and Parkdale school districts from 1959 to 1989.
His coaching career included Humnoke (1959-1961), Wilmar (1961-1964), and Parkdale (1964-1989). He was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame. At Parkdale his overall record was 937 wins and 135 losses, a 87.5% winning percentage. Coach Akin's record also included two overall semifinalists, three state titles, three state runners up and 89 tournament titles.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy Burton Akin of Hamburg; three daughters, Darlene Skender and husband Paul of Crossett, Wendy Dailey and husband John Allen of Hamburg; and Tana Vail and husband Jerry of Hamburg; one brother, Joe Akin and wife Barbara of Monticello; six grandchildren, Brian Skender of Monticello, Stephanie Hoops of Crossett, Kim Johnson of Hamburg, Tiffany Dailey of Cabot, Tarrah Smithson of Hickory, NC, and Brittany Weeks of Bryant; and nine great-grandchildren, Cole Skender of Monroe, La., Wyatt Hoops of Little Rock, Dalton Hoops of Crossett, Jaylon, Logan and Kenslie Johnson of Hamburg; Steele Smithson of Hickory, NC, Sydney Smithson of Hot Springs, and Anna Claire Weeks of Bryant; and a host of extended friends and family.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 4, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello by Revs. Charles Pullin and Buddy Lemons.
Pallbearers were Paul Halley, Kenny Akin, Thomas Akin, Eddie Gardner, Steve Burton, Wade McDonald, Herman Black and Dan Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Harry Dunnigan, Benny Gilliam, Joey, Raymond and Randy Akin, Mark Burton, Gerald Jones, Frank Anthony, Carl Tolefree, Allen Everett, Elbert Cossey, Calvin Halley, Tony Burton, Danny Ebbs and Donnie Bailey.Burial followed at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorials may be made to the James Edward and Joy Dell Akin Endowment Fund at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, Ark. 71656.
R. W. Haynes
R. W. Haynes, 85, of Crossett died on Monday, September 29, 2008. Born on June 11, 1923, to William Smith and Abbie Lee Haynes, he was a veteran of World War II serving his country in the Naval Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He retired in 1985 after 40 years service at Georgia Pacific Crossett Paper Operations as a woodyard day oiler. He was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and a Mason. He enjoyed spending time with his family, sharing his gardening skills, and his daily domino games with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frankie Lou Haynes of Crossett; two sons, James Ronald Haynes and wife Rose of Virginia Beach, VA, and Roy Donald Haynes of Crossett; one daughter, Sharon Joan Jackson and husband Walter of Crossett; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Zeonia Wall of Birmingham, AL; a special neighbor and friend, Jimmy Pippen; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Frankie Yevon Haynes; a grandson, Frank Clayton Haynes; six brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, October 3, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Gayle Riles and Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Bryan Thigpen, John Haynes, Scott Cutchall, Mike Roberts, Charley Rice and David Allen. Jimmy Pippen was the honorary pallbearer.
Burial followed at Crossroads 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, 1018 Ashley 14N, Crossett, AR 71635.
Elton Lafayette Launius
Elton Lafayette Launius, 81, of Crossett died Sunday, October 5, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 5, 1927, in Dallas County to Charlie Tom and Florence Ella Green Launius, he left school at the age of 17 to join the Navy. He came to Crossett in 1947 as a watchmaker for Bob Elliott & Son Jewelers and later became a television repairman. Mr. Launius was a long time owner of Launius Electronics and Radio Communications and was president of the family business LIPCO. He was an avid fan of the Razorbacks, loved camping and football trips in his motor home.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Launius; one son, Jimmy Launius and wife Kathy; one daughter, Pat Draper and husband Gary, all of Crossett; grandchildren Amy Blankenship and husband Tony, Jamie Launius, Molly Carter and husband Brandon and Wendy Knight and husband Michael; four great-grandchildren, Morgan & Kinlee Blankenship, Lana & Brady Carter; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Grave-side services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Holly Springs with Bros. Jim Taylor and Buster Warrick officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, P.O. Box 56470, Little Rock, AR 72215 or a charity of choice. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Harold McKiever, 80, of Hamburg died Monday, September 29, 2008. at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Drew County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years, he retired from Ashley Chicot Electric in 1990 after 40 years of service. He was a former general manager of Barrow Utility Company in Barrow, Alaska. He owned and operated the McKiever Feed & Seed and McKiever Logging and was a tomato farmer, a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church and an avid coyote hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Janet Welch McKiever of Hamburg; a daughter, Karen Leggett and husband Thomas of Madison, MS; a brother, W. J. McKiever of Monticello; a sister, Wanda Chester of Benton; two grandchildren, William & Eryn Leggett; special nephew and niece, Jason & Roxanne Welch of Hamburg and Kim & Tracey Rice of Whiteville, NC; a niece, Leslie McKiever of Monticello; three nephews, Stanley Chester of Benton, Dr. W. Randall McKiever of Monticello and J. Bartley McKiever of Indiana; and his special caregiver, Darlene Vesey Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. & Bessie Jordan McKiever, and a brother, Dewey McKiever.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth Bolin, Bobby Ray Miller, Greg Stanley, Hurley Berry, Billy Withers and Scutter Kilcrease. Honorary pallbearers were W.J. Rauls, Van Temple, Noel McGilton, Abrham Estrada, Marcos Compos and the employees of Ashley Chicot Electric Company.
Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 747 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Prairie Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Kim Bowden, 905 Goose Hollow Road, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.
See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Erma Jeffers Stafford
Erma Louise Jeffers Stafford, 84, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at Lifetouch Hospice House in El Dorado. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for the past 44 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Green Meadows Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.
She is survived by four sons, J. L. and wife Mary Jeffers, Charles and wife Angela Jeffers and Jerry Wayne and wife Becky Jeffers, all of Crossett, and Carl, Jr., and wife Gail Jeffers of Hamburg; two daughters, Margaret and husband Ray Robinson of Bastrop, LA, and Jane and husband Mac McClain of Hamburg; two brothers, Rowby Cessor of Shreveport, LA, and Howard Cessor of McGehee; four sisters, Edith Gulledge of Heber Springs, Erma Smith of Gould, Aline Swinford of Dumas and Cathy Irons of Wilmar; twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jeffers, in 1979; her second husband, Lester Stafford, in 1994; three infant daughters, one granddaughter, Renee Jeffers; her parents, Grover & Dalitha Ann Cessor; five brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Buddy Boykin, Jerry Carter and Ferrell Breshears, officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne McClain, Matthew Jeffers, Chad Thompson, Blake Kubiak, Patrick Duke and Perry Clark. Burial followed services at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Helen Laverne Wells
Helen Laverne Wells, 85 , of Blacksburg, Va., formerly of Hamburg, died on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be conducted 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, in the McCoy Funeral Home chapel in Blacksburg with Dr. Tommy McDearis and Dr. Don McKinney officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Literacy Volunteers, Attn: Donna Webster, 195 West Main Street, Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Memorial services will be scheduled in Hamburg later.
Lucas Fillmore Weindorf
Lucas Fillmore Weindorf, age one, of Benton died Thursday, October 2, 2008. He was born May 10, 2007, to Blake and Mary Kathryn Weindorf.
Survivors include his parents, a brother, Pierce; and great-grandmothers, grandparents, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 4, at Brand New Church, 2203 N. Reynolds Road in Bryant. Burial followed at Forest Hills Memorial Park with arrangements by Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home. See online guest book at www.mkweindorf.blogspot.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brand New Church or Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, 800 Marshall St, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202.
Obituaries Published October 15
Ismael "Smiley" Garcia, Jr.
Ismael "Smiley" Garcia, Jr., 53, of Dermott died on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at Portland. Born September 4, 1955, in San Benito, TX, to Ismael "Red" and Irma Canales Garcia, he graduated from San Benito High School in 1975 and joined the United States Air Force where he served as a Military Police officer. He moved to Arkansas in 1979 where he started Garcia Trucking, transporting agricultural products in the south Arkansas area.
He was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Dermott where he served on various committees and as an usher. As a faithful part of a Honduras missions team, he provided transportation to the team members for several years before committing to becoming part of the team himself in 2007, and served as interpreter in 2007 and 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Downs Garcia of Dermott; his parents; his son, Smiley A. Garcia of Austin, TX; his daughter Blair Garcia Pambanchi and husband Mich of McGehee; a sister, Blanca Vela and husband David of Dallas, TX; one nephew, Mike Moody of Brownsville, TX; and one niece, Kimberly Vela of Dallas. He was preceded in death by a niece, Cindy Moody, and his grandmother, Juanita Canales, both of San Benito.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Temple Baptist Church in Dermott with Rev. Jody Gannaway and Brother Ed Balducci officiating. Pallbearers were Smiley A. Garcia, Mike Moody, Lane Meredith, Kyle Phillips, Clay Vance, Rusty Case, Raymond Canales, and Baldamer Canales. Burial followed services at the Tillar Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Funeral Service of McGehee. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church in Dermott.
Niesha Kry'stal Lewis
Niesha Kry'stal Lewis, 2, of Hamburg died Friday, October 3, 2008, in a vehicle accident. She is survived by her mother, Bridget Lewis of Hamburg; her father, Antonio Barnett of Biloxi, MS; two brothers, Nigel Lewis and Ni'kel Lewis, both of Hamburg; her grandparents, Edith and Theodore Simpkins of Dumas; and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Carl "Raymond" Lewis; her uncle, Christopher Lewis; and her great-grandparents, Robert & Clemmie Davis.
Services were Wednesday, October 8, at 11 a.m. at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Bishop Alfonso Madden, officiating. Pallbearers were Travon Thompson, Trey Miller, Devonte Collins, Corey Atkins, Tareyton Rucker and Demetrius Henderson. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Lewis, Lexie Lewis, Tavares McNeal, Dwight Tippie, Damien Tippie & Charles Davis. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Annie Mormon, 88, of Tomball, Texas, died Saturday, October 11, 2008, in an assisted living center in Tomball. She was born on June 4, 1920, in Milo to Ollie Lee Pogue and Charles Henry Jordan.
She is survived by three brothers, Perry Jordan and wife Leone, Parnell Jordan, and Royce Jordan and wife Sue, all of Crossett; one sister, Pauline McClain and husband Adrian of El Dorado; one daughter, Glenda Emmick of Tomball, Texas; two granddaughters, Kenda Bing and husband Timothy Daniel of The Woodlands, Texas, and Lynn Bing and husband Seth Cousins of The Woodlands; one great-grandson, Jonah Julius Baumgarten and father, Jeff Baumgarten, of The Woodlands, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy F. Mormon, four brothers, and three sisters.
As of Monday, funeral arrangements were pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston or the charity of choice. Online tributes and testimonials may be posted at www.mem.com.
Obituaries Published October 22
Billy W. Collins
Billy W. Collins, 77, of Alexander died Wednesday, October 15, 2008. He was born September 29, 1931, in Portland, the son of the late David Lee and Lillie Minchew Collins.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine Collins; a son, David Collins; a daughter, Debra Ann Kindy; three grandchildren, Billy Kindy, Katie Sullivan and David N. Collins; and two great- grandchildren, Jared and Elizabeth Kindy.
Grave-side services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at Pinecrest Memorial Park with arrangements by Roller-Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock. See online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Lloyd Vance Collins
Lloyd Vance Collins, 80, of Abita Springs, LA, died Friday, September 12, 2008. A native of Ashley County, a former resident of the Boydell and Montrose areas, Wichita, Kansas, and Pine Bluff and a resident of Abita Springs for the past 15 years, he was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1945-1952. He retired from International Paper Company in Pine Bluff in 1990. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8720 and Abita Springs Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Collins of Abita Springs; his daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Roland Huie of Mandeville; two grandsons, Roland Huie, III, of Baton Rouge and Patrick Huie of Mandeville; one brother, Billy Collins of Little Rock; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillie Minchew Collins; two sisters, Alice White and Lois Farrar; and two brothers, Claude Collins and David L. Collins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 25, in the Portland Cemetery with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Memorial services were directed by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
William Theodore King
William "Bill" Theodore King, 83, of Crossett died Sunday, October 19, 2008. at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on February 22, 1925, in Crossett John and Jennie King, he was an U. S. Army veteran of WWII and retired in 1986 after 39 years of service in the pulp mill. He was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church, enjoyed hunting and fishing and after retirement, took up wood working.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Ruth King of Crossett; several nieces and nephews, with Julia Scott and Tommy Wilcoxon his favorites because they lived close by and spent time with him; a step-son, Ted Thurman; and a granddaughter, Stacy Mills. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Martha Wilcoxon, Ottis Scott, Elizabeth Smith and Jennifer Johnson; and two brothers, Frank King and Buck King.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Donnie Dubose officiating. Pallbearers were to be Sonny Rainey, Dennis Hays, Bert Hays, Ronnie Hays, Steve Naff, Glen Naff and Roger Naff. Burial was to follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
George Lewis, 59, of Hamburg died Friday, October 17, 2008, at his residence outside Hamburg. A native of Hodge, Louisiana, and a resident of Hamburg for the past nine years, he was a former resident of Crossett where he owned and operated L&L Tire. He attended Eden Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, George Lewis of Hamburg; three daughters, Stephanie Reeves of Hot Springs Village, Linda Banta of West Monroe, LA, and Deborah Holdiness of Brownwood, Texas; and two grandchildren, Jaislee George Ann Pickering and Andrew James Pickering.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 23, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Finney officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Wright, Willie Barker and Billy Hudson. Memorial service arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Jamie Pollock, 25, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 16, 2008, at his residence. A native of Bastrop, LA, and a lifelong resident of the Berlin community south of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1999.
He is survived by his parents, Ricky and Dawana Abernathy Pollock; two brothers, Joshua Allen Pollock and Joseph Logan Pollock; his paternal grandmother, Elsie Mae West Pollock, all of Hamburg; four nieces, one nephew and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Willie Ray Pollock, and his maternal grandparents, Harland, Sr., and Barbara Abernathy.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 18, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Bros. Alan Eppinette and Heath Eppinette officiating. Burial followed at the Mount Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Abernathy, Karl Pollock, Mark West, Shonni Abernathy, Heath Breedlove and Bo Abernathy. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond West, Richard Lee Adams, Calvin Stewart and Roy Bridges. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jacob White, 83, of Portland died Sunday, October 12, 2008, at the McGehee Desha County Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Portland, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the South Pacific. He worked for the Arkansas Power and Light Company for over 20 years, retiring in 1978. He was a Master Mason, a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499 and a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Reba Lawrence White; a son, Joey White, both of Portland; a daughter, Jackie Womack of San Bernardino, CA; a brother, Austin White; a sister, Alice Noble, both of Rogers, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob & Alma Howie White; three brothers, Mead White, Shirley White and Ferrell White; and a sister, Etta Mae Etheridge.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 16, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. E.W. Ricks and Eugene Howie officiating. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Sadler, Gregg Grantham, Gary Morgan, John Newcome, Keith Ladd and Ted Selby. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Wilson and Ramon Grantham. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Howard Foster, P. O. Box 217, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Obituaries Published October 29
Gerald L. Clark
Gerald L. Clark, 76, of Hammond, LA, died Monday, October 20, 2008 at his residence. He was born on Sunday, September 18, 1932, in Star City, son of the late Sam Clark and the late Margaret Story.
Survivors are his wife, Annette Fairburn Clark; two daughters, Jacquese C. Ricks and Sandra C. Roberts; a stepdaughter, Melody Powell; two stepsons, Greg and Dudley Stanga; four granddaughters, Rebekah Kelley, Ashley Power, Katie Gill and Kristin Roberts; five great- grandchildren; five step-grandsons, Joshua McPhearson, Zachary Powell, Jacob Powell, Brandon Powell and Steven Stanga; a step-granddaughter, Sarah Powell; four brothers, Chester, Eugene, Billy, and Donald Clark; and three sisters, Helen Hollis, Betty Mae Faulkner and Bonnie Murray. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Howie Clark; one brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Montrose. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 214, Kenner, LA 70062-4035. Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond was in charge of services. An online guestbook is available at http://www.harrymckneely.com
Jerry Craig, 71, of Hamburg died Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Conway Regional Health System Hospital. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg for most of his life, he graduated from the Fountain Hill High School in 1955. He was the fire chief for the Milo Volunteer Fire Department for the past 18 years and a very active member of the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church in Milo. He was a business owner and worked for Georgia Pacific Forestry for 18 years.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shelma Holland Craig of Hamburg; three children, Timmy Craig and wife Gwen of Hamburg, Kim Craig Bowden and husband Mark of Fountain Hill and Barry Craig and wife Tina of White Hall; two sisters, Sue Craig Stanley of Hamburg and Pauline Craig Bolin of Silsbee, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Kyle Craig; his parents, Harvey & Beulah Knight Craig; and two brothers, J.H. & Paul Craig.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 28, at the Mt. Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Elliott officiating. Burial will be in the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be the members of the Milo Fire Department and Jay McClain.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church, 310 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR or to the Milo Fire Department, c/o Mrs. Shelma Craig, 2193 Highway 189 N., Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Inc. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Gordon "Gordy" W. Croswell, 63, of Little Rock lost his battle with prostate cancer on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. He was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Hamburg to the late Gordy and Alvena Croswell. He had a successful career as owner/operator of Hair Care, Inc., in the Heights. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time at his cabin and with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, LaQuita; a daughter, Crystal Hunnicutt of Fayetteville; two brothers, James Croswell and wife Margaret of Valley View, Texas and Michael Fox and wife Pam of North Little Rock; two sisters in law, Shirley Grooms and husband Bill of Westville, Oklahoma, and Joyce Sivils of Fairfield Bay; two grandchildren, Alissa and Grayson Hunnicutt of Fayetteville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, John William Croswell; his sister, Nell Kusterin; and three brothers, Charles Sivils and Tommy and Felton Croswell.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, October 27, at Pinecrest Memorial Park. See online guest book at www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
Mamie Kate Murphy
Mamie Kate Murphy, 82, of Crossett died Sunday, October 26, 2008. Born on May 20, 1926, to Joe C. and Eva Lena Mills Jenkins, Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church. She loved to sew, cook, fish and garden.
Survivors include her husband, James Edward Murphy; a son, James G. Murphy, both of Crossett; a daughter, Linda Kay Landry of Thibodaux, LA; one brother, Joseph E. Jenkins of Crossett; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Clarence, Jessie, Junior, Arlee and Willie Herman Jenkins; one sister, Della Mae Croswell; and a grandson, Doug Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. Burial will follow at Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5– 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Chapel Baptist Church, 109 Hoss Carter Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.
See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Marguerite Louise Reppond
Marguerite Louise Reppond, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, October 26, 2008, at Golden Living Center. Born on April 20, 1929, in Fountain Hill to Thomas Warner and Esther Hudson McDaniel, Mrs. Reppond was a caregiver and a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Warner Reppond of Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, Virginia Futrell of Crossett and Barbara Harris of Yakima, WA; two sisters, Peggy Howie of Crossett and Jolene Boykin of Fountain Hill; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Don Justice officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Larry Doly Smith
Larry Doly Smith, 59, of Wilmot died Wednesday, October 8, 2008. He and his twin brother, Lonnie Dale, were born to Mary Porch and the late Roosevelt Smith, Sr., in Wilmot on January 20, 1949.
He was a farmer and then worked at Central Maloney in Pine Bluff for 17 years. He was a skilled fisherman and left life doing what he loved to do.
Survivors are his wife of 23 years, Clara M. Ramey Smith; three daughters, Latoya, Jennifer and Kimberly Smith; his mother, Mary P. Flower; his stepmother, Vicel White, all of Wilmot; and 15 stepbrothers and sisters as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Saturday, October 18, in the First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Revs. James Crockett and Eddie Dean Montgomery officiating, Pallbearers were Roosevelt Smith, Jr., Herbert, Dennis, Vincent and Willie J. Fowler, Jr., and James A. Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Mark, Stanley and Jerry Goodlow and Ricky, Larry, Charles and Howard White, Jr.
Burial followed services at the St. Martha Cemetery with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home