Published June 1
Billy Gene Ball
Billy Gene Ball, 80, of Hermitage died at home on Monday, May 23, 2011. Born to the late Dollie Anna Kuhn and William Herman Ball, he married his college sweetheart, Mary Ruth Carter, in 1951. He graduated from Southern State College in 1953 and began a lifelong career in sales. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served as bishop in New Orleans, LA. He volunteered his free time and enjoyed many hobbies.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Ball; a son Steven Carter Ball and wife Carol; a daughter, Nanci Ann Ball Kinser and husband Donald, James' widow, Carol Ball; a brother, Monty Ray Ball and wife Carol; grandchildren Kelsey Kinser Gottfredson and husband Peter, Ali Kinser, Max Kinser, Harley Ball and Jeremy Ball. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Richard Ball and Tommy Lewis Ball.
After a long battle with Alzheimer's, his body was donated to UAMS in Little Rock with no funeral arrangements made. Donations appreciated to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655 and the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409.
Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Loyd "Pete" Henderson
Loyd Wayne "Pete" Henderson, 77, of Hamburg died Friday, May 27, 2011, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Ashley County, a retired farm worker and a Baptist. He loved fishing and also hunted.
He is survived by one son, Eddie Henderson of San Jose, CA; one sister, Lillian Hagood of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Elizabeth Stanley Henderson; three brothers, Johnny, Calvin and Clifton Henderson; and two sisters, Jimmie Lou Johnson and Audrey Oden.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, Cromwell Funeral Home with Bros. Allen Hagood and Joel Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Jay Rabb, Glenn Oden, George Oden, Cody Shiers, Jeff Russell and Roy Ebarb. Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Dorothy Mae Middlebrooks
Dorothy Mae Tharpe Middlebrooks, 79, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Morehouse General Hospital. Born May 6, 1932, in Bonita, LA, to the late Gus Tharpe and Laura Annie Worley Clark, she retired from the Hamburg Shirt Factory in 1994 where she was a seamstress for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and crafting.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, James "Tincy" Middlebrooks, whom she married on February 11, 1946; four sons, James Middlebrooks and wife Sue, Johnnie Middlebrooks and wife Deloice, Roger Middlebrooks and wife Trudie, all of Bastrop, and Rickey Middlebrooks and wife Darlene of Crossett; two daughters, Vickey Reynolds and husband Bailey of Crossett and Laura Hunter and husband Robert of Bastrop; three sisters, Alice Hinton and Lodie Craig of Bastrop and Belinda Meredith of Columbia, LA; one brother, Gus "Jr." Tharpe of Marion, LA; nine granddaughters and three grandsons, seven great-granddaughters and eleven great-grandsons, three great-great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson, numerous nieces and nephews, three brothers-in-law, C.J. Middlebrooks, Bobby Middle-brooks and wife Cynthia and Buddy Middlebrooks and his wife Leona of Bastrop; two sisters-in-law, Katherine Farrar of Crossett and Ida Mae Spikes of Bastrop; and a special brother and sister in law, L.E. and Barbara Middlebrooks of West Monroe, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Darlene Hale.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the chapel of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop with Dr. L.H. McCollough and Rev. Terry Middlebrooks officiating. Burial followed at Hughes Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Cody, Derrick, Ray, Jerry, John Edward and James Berry Middlebrooks, Austin McDonald and Jesse White. Honorary pallbearers were Kary Stanley, Steve Middlebrooks, Robert Hunter, Thomas "Brother" Musgrove, Mike King, and Rickey Carroll.
Lupe Peterson, 65, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Sundown, TX, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 50 years, she worked for Georgia-Pacific Corp. for 17 years. She attended Faith Ministries Church in Crossett. She loved to play softball.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles L. Peterson, Sr., of Gadsden, AL; a son, Charles Peterson, Jr., and wife Mary of Hamburg; two daughters, Monica Burchfield and husband Kenneth of Hamburg and Sonya Hagood and husband Steve of Crossett; two brothers, Alfred and Ernest Hernandez of Greenville, MS; three sisters, Bobbie Spurlock and Martha Ford of Hamburg and Janie Rowe of Memphis; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Carol Thames, in 2003; a son, Monty Dewayne Peterson, in 1997; her parents, Alfred and Eddie Ramedez Hernandez; two brothers, Curtis and Paul Hernandez; and a sister, Pauline Foster.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Carlton White and Kenneth Burchfield officiating. Burial was at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lee Sellers, Cody Henry, Arron Jennings, Jerrick Sellers, Brandon Robert and Justin Peterson, and Greg Ogletree. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Sellers, Ronnie and Joey Trigleth, Brad Strickland, Lance Fletcher, Frankie Watt and Junior Watt. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Lucille Ross Richardson
Lucille Ross Richardson, 81, of Hamburg died Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Born March 7, 1930, at Rison, she was a daughter of the late Melton Silent Ross and Eunice Melonne Nelson Ross. She worked for Georgia-Pacific and retired in 1991 after 25 years of service. She was a Methodist and a seamstress who enjoyed making dolls, quilts, clothing, and embroidery.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry Richardson and wife Lori, Bruce Richardson and wife Rosa and Jeff Richardson and wife Galina; three daughters, Emily Pennington and husband Warren, Vicki Pahal and husband Tommy and Lisa Henderson and husband Thomas; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by eight siblings and two grandchildren.
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Cleveland County with arrangements by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services of Pine Bluff. Online condolences at FullerFunerals.com.
Dennis Earl Wallace
Dennis Earl Wallace, 51, of Crossett died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway. He was a native of Lake Village, but lived in Conway for the past 41 years.
He is survived by his two brothers, Rick Wallace and wife Sharon of Atlanta, GA, and Billy Wallace of Lake Village; seven sisters, Florene Coakley and husband James of Dermott, Jean Lee and husband Robert of Hamburg, Deloris Holmes of Bastrop, LA, Sharon Walker and husband Rev. Robert, Sherry Matthews and husband Edward, Barbara Wallace, and Kimberly Wallace, all of Lake Village; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Versie Walker-Wallace; a brother, Joe Wallace, Jr.; and a sister, Linda Wallace.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Little Greenly Church with Rev. Robert Walker officiating. Burial was in Little Greenly Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Leon Roberts, 82, of Fountain Hill died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the Baptist Health and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. A native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, he was a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Chase Bag Company for 21 years and was a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church. He loved fishing, hunting and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo Ann Ford Roberts of Fountain Hill; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Bessie Lee Roberts; two brothers, Forest Roberts and Leroy Roberts; and two sisters, Bertie Jones and Marie Jennings.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, at the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. Burial was to follow at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Paul Fragala, Todd Johnson, Mike Johnson, Jake Johnson, Harold Williams and Dewayne Ford. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Allison, Butch Yates, Dennis Thurman, Henry Daniel and Harold Hollis.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 North University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207 or the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 1618, Little Rock, AR 72203. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Thomas Edward Smith
Thomas Edward Smith, 35, of Crossett died Friday, May 27, 2011. Bborn on December 20, 1975, in Bastrop, LA, to David Roy and Barbara June Dixon Smith, he was a computer technician and enjoyed fishing and watching sports.
Survivors include two sons, T. J. Smith and Collin Smith of Crossett; his mother, Barbara Smith of Crossett; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, P. C. and Mattie Smith and Henry and Dora Dixon.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, May 30, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Guest book available at www.jonesservice.com.
Mary Ida Watkins
Mary Ida Gee Watkins, 94, of Hamburg died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, W.N. "Sonny" Watkins, Jr., and wife Vicky of Denham Springs, LA, and Samuel S. Watkins and wife Toni of Crossett; a daughter, Brenda LaFleur and husband David of Lake Charles, LA; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood Watkins, in 1966; a daughter, Janice Ann Watkins, in 1954; her parents, Samuel and Onie Cannon Gee; and five brothers, S. E., Clifton, L.W., Jack and W.L. "Sully" Gee.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, May 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. James Morris officiating. Burial was at the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Morris, Michael Watkins, Kyle Watkins, Andre` Watkins, Jack Edward Gee and John Gee. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cleveland Cemetery Association, c/o Norma Lawrence, 615 S. Cherry Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Pauline "Polly" Wiggins, 68, of Hamburg died Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Pineville, LA, a resident of Hamburg for the past 11 years and a former resident of Wilmot, Clinton, OK, and Ruston, LA, she worked for Holiday Inn for over 25 years and as a ward clerk at the Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. She won many awards from the Dale Carnegie courses that she took and attended the First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett.
She is survived by two sons, Daniel Wiggins of South Palm Beach, FL, and Reuben Wiggins of Venita, OK; three daughters, Glenda Gilbert of Baltimore, MD, Rene Bowles of Hamburg and Cynthia Frost of Lubbock, TX; two stepdaughters, Kathy Brooks of Richmond, TX, and Mae Lee Hobbs of West Monroe, LA; two brothers, John and James Benedict of Pineville; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Eugene Wiggins, in 1994; her mother, Johnnie Burchman Benedict; and two sisters.
Funeral services are 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Dean Walsworth and Larry Hickman officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Levi Frost, Zachary Frost, Eugene Bowles, Arnold Frost, Tom Gilbert, Lee Sellers, Kirk Brooks and Alex Gilbert.
Memorials may be made to the Samantha Wiggins Cancer Fund, P. O. Box 18, Venita, Oklahoma 74301. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Phillip "Phil" Williams, 68, of Crossett died Friday, May 27, 2011. He was a native of Ingalls in Bradley County, was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved working his vegetable garden.
He is survived by four sons, Santario Williams and wife Denisha of Crossett, Phillip Todd Williams and wife Kisiah of Glendale, AZ, Michael Williams and wife Amber of Albuquerque, NM, and Delvin Williams and wife Valerie of Crossett; three daughters, Loria Robinson of Dallas, TX, Kerri Rochelle of Crossett and Phyllis Sharkey and husband Darrell of Bastrop, LA; three brothers, Alma Williams and wife Janice, Alfred Williams and John Williams of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Annie Jean Johnson and Fannie Bell Sedberry of Crossett and Susan Price Ford and husband Freddie of Lake Mary FL; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quinny Williams and Lula Hargraves Williams Atkins; his stepfather, T.J. Atkins; and three brothers, Jefferson and Edward Williams and Darrell Atkins.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Revs. Tyrone Broomfield and Harold White officiating. Pallbearers are Chris Smith, Manuel Boston, Michael Thompson, Kenny Griffin, Felton Tatum and Corey Rochelle. Honorary pallbearers are the T.W. Daniels Class of 1962. Visitation is Wednesday, June 1, from 6-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
Burial will be at the Westview Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Catherine S. Akers
Catherine S. Akers, 85, of Hamburg died Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was an accomplished poet and had a book of poetry published. She and her husband owned and operated Akers Dry Cleaners for over 50 years. She also owned Akers Fashions in Hamburg. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the Ruth Sunday School Class for a number of years and the Girls Auxiliary. She was the past president of the Hamburg Home Demonstration Club. She loved taking care of her yard and her flowers.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles Akers of Hamburg; three daughters, Cheryl Elton and husband Ray, Linda Akers, and Vicky Rial and husband Danny, all of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Christy Roberts and husband Scott, Lisa Davis and Lauren Rial, all of Hamburg; and five great-grandchildren, Eli and Garrett Roberts and Mason, Cayden and Jonathan Davis. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Catherine Raelinn Elton, in 1994; her parents, John and Lena Shockley and a sister, Athleen Ford.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Vaden, Billy Dean Akers, Brad Akers, Junior Oden, Charles Summerland and Darrell Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Griever, Luther Richardson and Harry Shiver. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Earnest Alvin Bates
Earnest Alvin "Hoot" Bates, 85, of Dermott died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at his home. He was born December 3, 1925, in the Trafalgar community and retired from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1991 at the age of 66 as a wildlife area manager over Cutoff Creek Management area. He served as a paratrooper for the 82nd airborne during World War II, was a Mason and member of the Portland Masonic Lodge 499 and a member of the Portland Order of the Eastern Star, and a deacon of the Collins Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Bates of Trafalgar, Gene Bates and wife Judy of Hamburg and Dale Bates and wife Dianna of Monticello; a daughter, Donna Watts and husband Kevin of McGehee; a step-son Grover McEwen and wife Sharon of Dermott; two brothers, Elvin and T. R. Bates of Monticello; three sisters, Hattie Mae Reynolds of Jerome, Cattie Mae Lemley of Dermott and Louise Robinson of Cabot; six grandchildren, Amie Kielwasser, Haley Birdyshaw, Ben and Landon Bates and William and Nathan Watts; two step-grandchildren, Laura Leigh Johnson and Tarrell McEwen; four great-grandchildren, William, Helen Claire and Georgie Anna Kielwasser and Olivia Birdyshaw; three step-great grandchildren, Jayden Johnson, Jennifer and Hector McEwen; and a host of friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Allen and Florence Dingler Bates; his first wife, Helen Gwin Bates; and his second wife, Edith McEwen Bates; two brothers, Marion and Geral Bates; and a sister, Sally Bates Battle.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial followed at the Trafalgar Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Collins Baptist Church, 127 Collins Moss St., Dermott, AR 71638 or to the Trafalgar Cemetery, c/o Dale Bates, 273 Tanglewood, Monticello, AR 71655.
Donna Gail Byrd
Donna Gail Byrd, 66, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 23, 1945, in Little Rock to Robert J. and Lona Lifsey Smith, she was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Chris Byrd and wife Angela of Crossett; a daughter, Alexa Beatty and husband Kevin of Monticello; two sisters, Robbie Nutt of Cabot and Kay King of Dallas, TX; one sister-in-law, Linda Byrd of Birmingham, AL; three grandchildren, Cody Byrd, Devin Beatty and Harrison Byrd; a cousin, Beverly Deason of Dubach, LA; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Byrd was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe Frank Byrd; and a sister, Becky Knight.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 3, at the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Courson, Ronnie Tucker, Boyett Goodwin, Zach Goodwin, Ron Tucker and Lexie Courson,
Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church Bus Fund, 1018 Ashley 14 N, Crossett, AR 71635. Bernice Cockrell
Bernice Brieden Cockrell, 91, of Crossett died Friday, June 3, 2011, in Monticello. Born on July 1, 1919, in Hondo Medina County, Texas, to the late Thomas Alfred and Eliza Jane Gillespie Brieden, Mrs. Cockrell was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley C. White of Crossett and Margie L. McLemore of Russellville; two sisters, Doris Neugebauer of San Antonio, Texas, and Lolete White of Dove Creek, Colorado; five grandchildren, David White, Sharon Ayres, Sarah Reel, Jared McLemore and Greg White; and four great-grandchildren; Brody and Addison White and Chase and Meredith Reel. Mrs. Cockrell was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Cockrell.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52W, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Donald "Don" Gammel, 71, of Crossett died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at his home. Born January 11, 1940, to Odis K. and Eva Perry Gammel, he was president of Gammel's Furniture Store which he started in 1985; a past superintendent for the U.S. Forestry Service and was a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association. Mr. Gammel was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church and attended First Baptist Church. He enjoyed coin collecting and dealing in antiques, and had enjoyed hunting and fishing at one time.
Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Kay Akin Gammel of Crossett; his son, Wade Gammel and wife Sherry of Crossett; two daughters, Sheila Lott and husband Floyd of Crossett and Melissa Kay Porter and husband Michael of Brookhaven, MS; one stepdaughter, Kristi Thurman and husband Doug of Crossett; three brothers, Louie Gammel and wife Sandra of Crossett, David Gammel and wife Julie of Fordyce and Byron Gammel of Crossett; two sisters, Laura Sue Sinclair and husband Wayne of El Dorado and Charlcie Hill and husband Norman of Monticello; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Mary Kathryn Holt Gammel Evans of Crossett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the Greater Crossett Area Food Bank, c/o Crossett Presbyterian Church, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Elaine Lonsberry Outlaw, 70, of Hamburg died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her residence. A native of Warren and a resident of Hamburg since 1972, she worked for the Cooperative Extension Service for over 30 years and was a member of the Eden Baptist Church. She was a very active member of the Ashley County Cares and served as treasurer for four years. She raised over $8,000 this past year for cancer research with the Outlaw Trail Ride. She enjoyed riding her mule on trail rides, playing Buco and bowling.
She is survived by a son, Greg Outlaw of Tilly; a daughter, Felecia Cope and husband Lavon of Fountain Hill; three brothers, Mike Lonsberry and wife Amy of Guntersville, AL, and Danny Lonsberry and wife Debbie and David Lonsberry and wife Sandy of Longview, TX; four grandchildren, Than Cope and wife Krin of Hamburg, Monroe Cope and wife Sarah of Fountain Hill, and Brittany and Chase Outlaw of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Kyra and Raley; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Morgan Outlaw, in 2007; and her parents, Lee Elton and Irene Chatman Lonsberry.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Hicks officiating. Burial will be in the Outlaw Cemetery in Bradley County. Pallbearers are James Outlaw, Clayton Lonsberry, Wesley Lonsberry, Jacob Meredith, Tim Outlaw, Ben Outlaw and Todd Outlaw. Honorary pallbearers are the members of Ashley County Cares. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Ashley County Cares, Inc., PO Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Joe Ed Robinson
Joe Ed "Joel" Robinson, 53, of Hamburg died Friday, June 3, 2011, at his residence. A Dumas native, he had lived in Hamburg most of his life. He was an employee of the Ashley County Road Dept. before becoming disabled and was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing.
He is survived by one sister, Renea Howard and husband Willford of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews whom he helped to raise. He was preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Simpson, and his sister, Clara Cobbs.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating.
Pallbearers are Larry Miller, David Miller, Clarence Miller, Lee Marvin Miller, Nathaniel Miller, and Kendal Caldwell. Burial was to follow at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Brady Jaxon Dye
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his little sister, Brynlee Dye of Crossett; his maternal grandparents, Marilyn Bates of Hamburg and David and Janet Mills of Crossett; his paternal grandparents, Tom and Nancy Ebarb of Crossett; his maternal great-grandparents, Velma Ruth Bates of Hamburg and Jimmy and Geraldine Mills of Crossett; his paternal great-grandfather, Frank Dye of Crossett; and a host of aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Betty Dye, and his maternal great-grandfather, Marion Bates.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 12, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Ryan McRae, Frank Dye and Bob Whiteley officiating. Burial was at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Mills, Shawn Bates, Tom Ebarb. Frank Dye and Tyler Mills.
Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church Youth Fund, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Rosetta June Freudensprung, 79, of Crossett died at her home on Monday, June 6, 2011. She was born to Lonnie S. McCoy and Pearl Mae Brock on April 18, 1932, in Mansfield, Texas. Called Rose or Gypsy Rose, she was a homemaker and often raised their sons alone as her husband was a career Marine who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. She lived in dozens of homes across Texas, Hawaii, California, South Carolina and North Carolina before moving to Arkansas in 2004. She was a member of the New Beginnings Community Church of Lake Jackson, Texas. She loved to dance and to travel.
Survivors include five sons and spouses, all of Texas, Marty and wife Theresa Freudensprung, Freddy and wife Denise Freudensprung, and B. J. and wife Cristal Freudensprung of Sweeney, Curt and wife Brenda Freudensprung of Bastrop and Kelly and wife Amanda Freudensprung of Waco; a brother, Billy E. McCoy and wife Phyllis of Lake Jackson; a sister-in-law, Carolyn McKelvey of Brazoria; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Her Arkansas family includes her partner, Tony Barnett; and Tony's daughter Mica (Casey) and son Nick (Shannon) and their respective children, all of Crossett; and her beloved friend, Esther White.
A memorial service will be held at New Beginnings Community Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, at a later date. Memorials may be made to His Love Christian Outreach of Lake Jackson or a memorial of choice. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Edith Cessor Gulledge
Edith Maye Cessor Gulledge, 89, of Heber Springs died Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Heber Springs. A native of Leola, a resident of Heber Springs for the past six years and a former resident of Dermott, she was a homemaker and a member of Westside Baptist Church in Dermott.
She is survived by a daughter, Nell Broussard and husband Errol of Erath, LA; five sons, Dalice Cecil Gulledge, Jr., and wife Mary, of Slidell, LA, Grover L. Gulledge and wife Betty of Judsonia, Mickey Gulledge of Dermott, Jimmy E. Gulledge and wife Tamra and Willie R. Gulledge and wife Dr. Brenda of Heber Springs; a brother Roby Cessor and wife Naomi of Bossier City, LA; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Miranda Prosser. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalice Cecil Gulledge, Sr.; her parents, Cleveland and Dalitha Carpenter Cessor; a grandson, Chris Gulledge; a brother, Willie Cessor; and three sisters, Annie Woods, Louise Jeffers, and Scottie Scott.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, June 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Dwain Dennis and Edward Gulledge officiating. Burial was at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew Gulledge, Drew Townsel, Greg Gulledge, Steve Gulledge, Errol Broussard and Alvin Wells.
Memorials may be made to Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o JoAnn G. Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Betty Watson Holland
Betty Nell Watson Holland, 74, of Hamburg died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. A native of Bonita, LA, and a resident of Hamburg for over 60 years, she worked in the county clerk's office for a number of years and was a childcare provider. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Bettye Dale Jones of Hot Springs and Sandra Knight and husband Richard of Hamburg; a brother, Jake Watson of Bedford, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Betty McCuen of West Monroe, LA, and Peggy Holland of Hamburg; two grandsons, Jason Smith and wife Lee Beth of Fayetteville and Jeff Knight and wife Jennifer of Hamburg; three great-grandchildren, Finley Reese Smith, Hayden Bain Knight and Cade Soren Knight; a special lifelong friend, Mary Ann White of Hamburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Holland, in 2003; a granddaughter, Hollie Knight, in 2004; her parents, Archie and Hazel Hayden Watson; and one brother, Russell Watson.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Al Harrison, Dennis Holland, Sonny Holland, Ricky Boone, Herman Hattaway, Bobby Watts, Leo Watts and Chuck White.
Memorials may be made to Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, Hollie Knight Memorial, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Joan Kelley, 79, of Richmond, VA, formerly of Bastrop, LA, died Thursday, June 9, 2011. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed arts and crafts and traveling. Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husband, J. D. Kelley; her daughter, Michelle Kelley; two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include her son, Michael D. Kelley and wife Judy of Richmond; a brother, Elwood Sumner and wife Wilma of Tulsa, OK; two grandchildren, David M. Kelley and Shawn W. Kelley of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home in Bastrop with Rev. Jim Ingram officiating and burial following at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be pallbearers Jim Bonsall, Larry Fryday, Charlie Peterson, Neal DeForest, Charles Carroll and Charles Moore.
The family requests memorial to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Online Guest book at www.goldenfh.com.
Robert Matthew Malloy
Robert Matthew Malloy, 37, of Benton died on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Born on September 15, 1973, in Texarkana, TX, to Robert Michael and Betty Lynn McCaughan Malloy, he was a member of Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana.
Survivors include his parents, Mike and Betty Malloy of Texarkana; his brother, Mason Allen Malloy of Oregon, OH; his grandfather, Robert F. Malloy of Crossett; two nephews, Brian Malloy of Texarkana, AR, and Cole Malloy of Baton Rouge, LA; two uncles, Robert McCaughan and wife Phyllis and Dr. Mark Malloy; two aunts, Trudy Jordan and husband Charles and Melissa Wyatt and husband Joe and a host of cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vivian Malloy and Alton G. and Edith McCaughan; an uncle, Fred McCaughan; his great-grandparents, Thomas J. and Anna Kate Malloy; and a special aunt, Muriel Malloy.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with burial following at the Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to the time the service begins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Birch Tree Communities, 6701 Hwy 67 S, Benton, AR 72015. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Pearlean Robinson Parker, 60, of Wilmot died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Delta Regional Heart Hospital in Greenville. She was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, a retired CNA and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church of Wilmot. Pearly enjoyed watching soap operas.
She is survived by her husband of seven years, Cleveland Parker; one son, Rickie Bankston and wife Yolonda of Montrose; one stepdaughter, LaTandy Parker of Irving, TX; her mother, Eula Thorpe Bankston of Wilmot; four brothers, Fred Bankston of Little Rock, Norman Grant and wife Norma and Alfred Pace of Santa Rosa, CA, and Curtis Bankston of Wilmot; six sisters, Melvin Sankfield and Sandra Fowler and husband Vance of Grandview, MO, Betty Jean Cate and husband Anthony of Santa Rosa, Arma Jean Cole and husband Ricky of Washington, D.C., and Lillie Porter and husband Ollie and Earnestine Robinson and husband James of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other nieces, nephews, and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Robinson; her father, Odell Bankston; one brother, James Bankston; and one sister, Deloris Bankston.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Revs. Lorenzo Price and Amborse Dozart officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Webb, Anthony Cate, Ricky Cole, William Jackson, Norman Grant, and Curtis Bankston. Burial was at Warner Grove Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book available at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Doyle Ray Stroud
Doyle Ray Stroud, 87, of Crossett died on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Crossett. Born in Little Rock on February 26, 1924, to Roy and Erma Stroud, he was a World War II Army veteran, past owner of Stroud Golf Cart Service and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Edith Stroud; a son, Donnie Stroud and wife Brenda; two daughters, Dorinda Pistole and husband Don and Laura Sherwood; grandchildren, Michael Stroud and wife Tracie, Andrew Stroud, Kimberly Pistole and Kris Pistole; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Noah and Eli Stroud; a brother, Robert Stroud; and a sister, Mildred Woods. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mervin, James and Donald; a sister. Erma Jean; and his first wife, Mildred Gray Stroud.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, at Edgewood Memorial Cemetery in North Little Rock under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at. www.jonesservice.com.
Scottie June Trammell
Scottie June Holland Trammell, 88, of Crossett died on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehab. Born on February 1, 1923, in Bastrop, LA, to the late George Waldford and Elizabeth Anice Stanley Holland, Mrs. Trammell had been the owner of Trammell's Jewelry. She loved fishing, gardening, arts and crafts and playing bridge and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Trammell and wife Vicki and Terry Trammell of Crossett; three grandchildren, Sandy Rice and husband Timmy, Christy Trammell and Katie Trammell; and five great-grandchildren, Luke Erin, Brayden, Cameron and Kara Lynn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester O. Trammell and an infant son, Criss.
A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com
Simiah Denise Tucker
Infant Simiah Denise Tucker of Hamburg died on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Ashley County Medical Center.
She is survived by her parents, Victor and Shavonda Dickerson Tucker; one brother, Victor Tucker, Jr., of Hamburg; one sister, Zakiya Williams of Crossett; maternal grandparents, George and Patricia Dickerson of Hamburg; paternal grandparents, Ray and Gladys Tucker of Crossett; maternal great-grandmother, Ollie Dickerson of Hamburg; and her paternal great-grandmother, Helen Tucker of Crossett.
Grave-side services were at 11 a. m. on Monday, June 13, at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Herbert Lee Wood
Herbert Lee Wood, 88, of Crossett, died Sunday June 12, 2011, in Crossett. Born on January 26, 1923, to William Joel and Ida Mae Selvidge Wood, Mr. Wood was a retired purchasing agent for Georgia Pacific, a World War II Army veteran and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. He loved gardening and was an all-round handyman.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Armstrong Wood of Crossett; three sons, Lawrence Wood and wife Nancy of Hattiesburg, MS, Leon Wood and wife Debra of Hamburg and Louis Wood and wife Kay of Crossett; two daughters, Patti Brantley and husband Alvin of Harrison and Pam Smith and husband Harold of Crossett; three step-sons, Chuck Reed of Monroe, LA; Steve Reed of Omaha, NE; and Mark Reed of Crossett; two brothers, Earl Wood and Henry Wood of McGehee; one sister, Eula Brennon of Jackson, TN; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth Kilcrease Wood; one son, Lloyd Wood; and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday June 15, at 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. Pallbearers will be Eric Smith, Marc Ables, Jason Wood, Josh Smith, Matt Smith and Mark Reed.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to charity of choice. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Ruth Geneva King
Ruth Geneva "Moma" King, 94, of Hamburg died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at her residence. A native of the Norrell Spur community outside Hamburg and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life, she worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory and WAM for many years. She was the oldest member of Southside Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce King and wife Darlene and Reggie King of Hamburg; five daughters, Barbara Woods, Dixie Fairchild and husband Floyd and Susan Savage and husband Eddie Dean of Hamburg, Peggy Woods and husband Max of Crossett and Patty Griffith of Fountain Hill; three sisters, Virginia Hearn of Crossett, Francis Corker of Dallas, Texas, and Lefreda Johnson of Hamburg; 35 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, 65 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. "Bill" King, in 1985; a son, Billy King; three daughters, Nancy Gail Barnett, Mary Smith and Vickie King; four sons-in-law, Lonnie Griffith, Jackie Streeter, Billy Smith and Vernon Woods; her parents, Oscar & Eunice Curry Norrell; two brothers, one sister, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at the Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jeff Fairchild, Michael McDonald, Bradley McDonald, James Ricks, David Woods and B.J. King. Honorary pallbearers are her special sons-in-law, Eddie Dean Savage, Floyd Fairchild and Max Woods. Memorials may be made to the Southside Baptist Church, 1508 Highway 425 S., Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Rev. Gerald Fay Myers
Reverend Gerald Fay Myers, 72, of Lee's Summit, MO, formerly of Russellville, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Lakewood Nursing Home in Lee's Summit after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. The son of Fay and Mary Kathleen Burris Myers, he was born July 26, 1938, in Russellville. He graduated from Russellville High School in 1956 and then received a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College in McKenzie, TN, in 1962.
While attending Bethel College, he met and married the love of his life and beloved wife of 50 years, Rita Prather Myers. He received a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary in 1965.
His first charge in the United Methodist Churches was at Hampton, Harrell, Faustina UMC in Calhoun County. Following pastorates were Hot Springs First United Methodist as associate pastor, senior pastor at the Markham United Methodist Church in Little Rock; Carr-Memorial United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, and finally the Portland, Wilmot and Dermott United Methodist Church. He was a member of the North Central District of the Arkansas United Methodist Churches. Rev. Myers retired in 2003 when he and Rita moved to Russellville. In 2007 he moved to Lee's Summit for special medical care.
Reverend Myers was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star Chapter #571 in Portland. He enjoyed wood working, especially making custom furniture and later bird houses for family and friends. He also loved playing his acoustic guitar.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Myers of Lee's Summit; three sons, Steven Myers and wife Pamela of Sheridan, David Myers and wife Amanda of Pine Bluff, and James Stanfield-Myers and wife Paige of Lee's Summit; two grandchildren, Whitman and Hudson Stanfield-Myers of Lee's Summit; a brother, Wayne Myers and wife Sue of Russellville; a sister, Mary Patton and husband Joe of Pottsville; and a sister-in-law, Maryellen Myers of Russellville.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Humphrey Chapel with Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville by Humphrey Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation (www.parkinson.org) at P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MO 21741-5018. On-line guest book are at www.humphrey funeral.com.
Roger Dale Orr
Roger Dale Orr, 62, of Crossett died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Slidell, LA. Born on February 14, 1949, to the late Norman Lee and Elsie Ruth Morgan Orr in Bastrop, LA, he was an Air Force veteran, a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and a retired machinist at Georgia Pacific's plywood plant. He loved to bass fish, golf and read the Discover magazine.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Orr of Crossett; a son, Deron Boykin and wife Tina of Crossett; four daughters, Allison Jones and husband Brandon of Crossett, Ashley McCallum and husband Robby Price of West Monroe, LA, Mendy Gossett and husband Phillip and Sonja Miller and husband Joe of Sterlington, LA; one sister; Sherry Orr of Jonesboro, LA; 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Orr was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Derrell and Jo George; and a grandson, Brandon Hunter Jones.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and Jim Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Acie Orr, Gary Stevenson, Rusty McCaughan, Allen Jackson, Tommy Shumpert and Bob Pill. Burial followed at Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635 or American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.
Claudia Moore Wilkerson
Claudia Irene Moore Wilkerson, 84, of Altoona, AL, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Altoona Health Care Center after a battle with cancer. A native of Jones, LA, a resident of Altoona for the past eleven years and a former resident of Crossett and Freemont, CA, she was an inspector at a box factory in California and a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Raye Dale Jones and husband, Darrell, of Altoona; three sons, Don Wilkerson and wife Beverly of Freemont, CA, Dan Wilkerson of Discovery Bay, CA, and Rick Wilkerson of Louisiana; eight grandchildren, Jamei Goodwin and husband Bobby, Jodei Lancaster and fiancé Matt Johnson, Justin Jones and wife Jennifer, Trevor Wilkerson and wife Stephanie, Aubrey Wulf and husband Adam, Leslie Smiley and husband Rob, Marley Emery and wife Shea, and Whitney Bowden and husband, Paul; 17 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Skyler Tinsley, Emma Raye Lancaster, Dylan, Dalton and Dustin Goodwin, Morgan, Cody and Austin Jones, Shannon Wilkerson, Camdin Wulf, Brooklyn and Renner Smiley, Bella Mayce and Dallas Emery, Hayley and Trent Bowden.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ray D. "Dub" Wilkerson; a daughter-in-law, Debi Wilkerson; her parents, William and Myrtis Snell Moore; six sisters, Estelle Adams, Willie Mae Reynolds, Lena Wood, Elizabeth Sapp, Ozell Carruth and Opal Barton; and her mother and father-in-law, Roddy and Lela Wilkerson.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 19, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Tim McDaniel officiating. Burial was at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were her great-grandsons. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.