February 2

Curtis Benson Doss

Curtis Benson Doss, 88, of Crossett died Saturday, January 29, 2011, at his home. Born on July 4, 1922, in McGehee to Clyde Doss and Estelle Boone Clayton, he was a retired accounting office employee of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Crossett. Following his retirement, he served as minister of music for Baptist churches in Crossett, Hazen, North Little Rock, Hot Springs Village and Bastrop, LA.

He was a gospel music songwriter of many years, publishing songs for Jeffress Music Co. and Stamps Quartet Music Co. of Dallas, TX. He was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and First Baptist Church of Crossett. He and his wife, Norma, formed the Wonder State Quartet in 1947, traveling the South performing at conventions and churches.

Mr. Doss is survived by his wife of 67 years, Norma Tyson Doss of Crossett; a daughter, Sharon Doss Burnett and husband John W. Burnett, Sr., of Little Rock; two grandsons, John W. Burnett Jr., and wife Julie and Mark Benson Burnett and wife Dana, all of Little Rock; four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Delaney Burnett of Maumelle and Little Rock and Trevor and Jaron Burnett of Little Rock; a sister, Juanita Appleberry of Ozark; a brother-in-law, Fred Hudgens, Jr., of Crossett; three nieces, Sylvia Chapman of Ozark and Toni Hudgens and Kim Green of Monroe, LA, one nephew, Fred Hudgens, III of Slidell, LA; one great-niece and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Reginald Doss of Monticello; a niece, Jeanie Watson of Ozark, a brother-in-law, Russell Appleberry of Ozark and a sister-in-law, Jimmie Tyson Hudgens of Crossett.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday February 1, at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Revs. James Holmes and Jamie Staley officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Charles Levester Girtman

Charles Levester Girtman, 55, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. He was a native of Crossett and a former resident of Kansas City, MO.

He is survived by one daughter, Nicole Girtman of Kansas City; two brothers, Roy Brock of Kansas City and Glen Girtman of Virginia Beach, FL; and two sisters, Carolyn Webb of Crossett and Barbara Jordan of Albuquerque, NM, along with a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Girtman and Mattie Brock; one brother, William Charles Brock; and one sister, Ruby Marie Perkins.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 29, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Crossett under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Wilton Baines officiating. Guest book is available at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Denice Key

Denice Key, 89, of Joiner died at her home in Joiner on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. She was a member of the Joiner United Methodist Church for 54 years, taught Sunday School and belonged to the United Methodist Women and her church's prayer group. After retiring from teaching elementary school at Shawnee in Joiner, she led a local Bible study.

Survivors include her two daughters, JoAnne Worsham of Joiner and Janet Clifton and husband Darrell of Wilmot; Janet's two sons, Richard and Jeff with his wife Missy and their children, Alli, Sam and Sophie; JoAnne's two daughters, Melissa Worsham and her children Brayden, Reagan and Jaxon; and Janna Johnson and her son. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Key.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at Joiner United Methodist Church with Reverend Janice Williams officiating. Burial followed at the Mississippi County Memorial Gardens in Osceola. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Shannon, James Brownlee, Larry Joe Bell and O.W. Speck. Active pallbearers were Ismael Herrera, Peyton Speck, Jeff Clifton, Richard Clifton, Austin Williams and Zack Chandler. Arrangements were by Roller-Swift Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Joiner United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 328, Joiner, AR 72350. Online guestbook www.roller funeralhomes.com.

Lake Lewis, Jr.

Lake Allan Lewis, Jr., 59, of Hamburg, died Sunday, January 23, 2011. Born September 16, 1951, in Pine Bluff to Jane Peer Lewis and the late Lake Allan Lewis, he was a 1969 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and earned a bachelor's degree in fish and wildlife management from Arkansas Tech University.

While in college, Lake began working at Petit Jean State Park, which led to his life's work as a naturalist. For ten years, his employment included the Arkansas State Parks Department where he worked at the Ozark Folk Center and as park superintendent at Mt. Nebo and Village Creek State Parks. He then joined the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in the Bayou Meto Wildlife Refuge, which put him back outdoors working on habitats for ducks and other waterfowl. For the past 20 years, he achieved his dream of working for the United States Fish and Life Service at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, specifically in the Overflow National Refuge.

While growing up in Pine Bluff, he was a member of First United Methodist Church. For a number of years, Lake had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg, where he had served as a trustee.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his son, Sanders Lake Lewis, a student at the University of Central Arkansas; his daughter, Layne Elizabeth Lewis, a student at Oklahoma City University; his sisters, Lynda Lewis Mayer and husband Jerry of Redfield and Lisa Lewis Boyer and husband Ed of Bensalem, PA; his niece and nephew, Deanna and Colton Boyer; a special cousin, Lue Bogy-Landsberger and her family; and a host of loving friends.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 28, at Bayou Meto United Methodist Church with Reverend Ray Woods officiating. Burial followed in Bayou Meto Cemetery.

Contributions in Lake's memory may be made to the Stained-glass Window Restoration Fund or the radio ministry at First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646; or to CaringBridge.org. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services of Pine Bluff. Online guest book at FullerFunerals.com

Shirley McGhee Maxwell

Shirley McGhee Maxwell, 71, of Tollette, formerly of Parkdale and Wilmot, died Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The daughter of the late Ardell McGhee Stewart and Charlie Stewart, she was born May 17, 1938, in Howard County. She graduated from Howard County Training School and continued her education by attending Shorter College and Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical & Normal (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in teaching.

She moved to Wilmot and became an elementary school teacher with the Slack-Le Grande School and later with the Wilmot School District. After working in the Wilmot School District for 25 years, she joined the Saratoga School District to continue her love of teaching and educating children. In 1964, she married W. H. Maxwell, Jr., and moved to Parkdale. She was a member of the F. T. Jeans Memorial C.M.E. Church in Tollette.

Survivors are her three children, Wayne Maxwell of Tollette and Sharon Maxwell and Thomas Maxwell of Carrollton, TX; one brother, Christopher Stewart and wife Barbara of Victorville, CA; three grandchildren, Chadrick Maxwell and Courtney Maxwell of Mineral Springs and Donte' Maxwell of Tollette; three great-grandchildren, Zaria Maxwell, Amarion Maxwell and Bailey Arnett; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, January 31, in the Floyd T. Jeans Memorial CME Church in Tollette with burial following at the Crofton Cemetery in Tollette. Arrangements were by Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., of Hope.

February 9

Vance Waymond Carpenter

Vance Waymond Carpenter, 70, of Berea, Kentucky, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. A native of Monticello, born to the late Willie and Molley Uptigrove Carpenter, he was a member of the Crestview Holy Sanctuary, an Air Force veteran and a retired psychology technician at the VA Medical Center. He loved to fish, hunt, play golf, and listen to gospel music. He had owned and operated Bread of Life Christian Bookstore for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Powell Carpenter of Berea; his daughters, Debra Corsetti of Greenbelt, MD, Judy and husband Randall Quinn of Havelock, NC; sons, Robert and wife Lori Carpenter of Beltsville, MD, Jimmy and wife Rose Carpenter of Virginia; brothers, Charles, Willie Mac, Haskell, and Pete Carpenter, all of Arkansas; three grandchildren and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Doyle and Jimmy Carpenter.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 5, at the Crestview Holy Sanctuary with Bros. Harold Eads, Achee Eads and Cecil Burns officiating. Private burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Monday. Pallbearers were Jesse Adams, Greg Sparks, Charles Willis, William Gadd, Larry Hobbs, and Cecil Burdette. Davis and Powell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. www.davisandpowellfuneral home.com.

Hunter Giles Cooper

Hunter Giles ‘Bud' Cooper, 72, of Crossett died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home. A native of Clarksville, TN, and a retired Navy chief petty officer, Mr. Cooper operated Cooper Donut Shop in Crossett for 11 years. He loved camping and was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed seeing the country and traveling with his best friend, Jean Weaver. He also enjoyed getting together a couple of times a year with all his retired navy buddies.

He is survived by three sons, Gol Keith Cooper and wife Barbara, Mike Cooper and wife Tammy and Steven Cooper of Crossett; two sisters, Ann Lenoir of Norris, TN, and Nancy McKinney and husband George of Paducah, KT; eight grandchildren, Mathew Cantley, Hunter Cooper, Carly Cooper, Rachael Cooper, Kaitlynn Goodwin, Sarah Pickson, Josh Jenkins and Hal Bernden and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gol Lyle and Elizabeth Giles Cooper; and one daughter, Jamie Leigh Goodwin.

Memorial services were at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in the home of his son, Mike Cooper, at 902 Hickory Street in Crossett. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Christopher Y. Hawkins

Christopher Y. Hawkins, 51, of Benton died Saturday, January 29, 2011, at his home in Benton. From Chicago, IL, he had lived approximately five years in Crossett and for the past three years in Benton. He was a member of Campground Methodist Church in Crossett and a bakery worker.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Preston and Edith Marie Jordan Hawkins of Crossett; one daughter, Latisha Hawkins of Chicago; four brothers, Dexter and wife Tina of Walkhigginee, IL, Cedrick and wife Demetrus Hawkins of Chicago and Gregory Hawkins and Preston Hawkins, III, and wife Doris of Milwaukee, WI; one sister, Michelle Hawkins of Milwaukee; a grandmother, Juanita Hawkins of Crossett; and a host of other friends, and relatives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jean Daniels Hawkins.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, February 4, at the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Carl Hammock officiating. Pallbearers were James Hampton, Michael Scott, Billy Allen, James Gibbs, Kurt Harris and Larry Rodgers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Crooked Creek Hunting Club. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Lynette Wright Jenkins

Lynette "Lynn" Pattison Wright Jenkins, 60, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born on April 10, 1950, in Oregon City, OR, to Bruce and Marguerite Brugmann Wright, she was a tireless educator in the Crossett School District for thirty years.

Survivors include her husband, W. P. "Penny" Jenkins of Crossett; three sons, Nicholas Edward Jenkins and wife Christy of Bonita, LA, Derek Brugmann Jenkins and wife Eugenia of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and William Ryan Jenkins and wife Sarabeth of Crossett; two brothers, Doug Wright of New York, NY, and Bruce "Buzz" Wright of Shreveport, LA; one sister, Marcia Livesay of Burlington, NC; and five grandchildren, Harriet Adams, Alice Adams,Penny Marie Jenkins, Ashton Leigh Jenkins and Samuel Jenkins-Clark.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, at First Baptist Church in Crossett with Dr. Emil Turner and Revs. Jamie Staley and Bonnie Wilkins officiating.

Pallbearers were Jim Knighton, Eddie Cheatham, Bobby Richardson, Ronnie Howell, Patrick Kelley, Wes McDougald, John Jackson and James Outlaw. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at jonesservice.com.

Rose Maxwell

Rose Maxwell, 65, of Crossett died Saturday, February 5, 2011. at her home. Born on January 28, 1946, to Simms Marshall and Ethel Winters Barnett in Crossett, Mrs. Maxwell had worked as a CNA for many years and was a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, Leon Austin of Box Elder, SD, and Jimmy Austin of Crossett; two daughters, Claudia Miller and Krystal Mills, both of Crossett; one sister, Audrey Mitchell of Crossett; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. John Williams officiating. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Mary Lee McDade

Mary Lee McDade, 71, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in West Monroe, LA. Miss McDade was a homemaker and a member of Jericho Missionary Baptist Church of Eudora.

She is survived by her brother, J. C. and wife Billie McDade of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleotha and Rosie Lee Hayes McDade of Crossett, and two brothers, Cleotha and Harold McDade of Crossett.

Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with burial following at the Second Baptist Cemetery in Wilmot. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Mikey Navarro

Mikey Navarro, 15, of Crossett died Friday, February 4, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a student at Norman Junior High and attended the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Abernathy and husband Beau of Crossett; his father, Michael Navarro and Natalie of Fort Leonard Wood, MO; four brothers, David Navarro of Fort Lewis, WA, Jacob Navarro of Hawaii, Beau Abernathy of Crossett and Zachary Abernathy of Charleston, SC; six sisters, Brittany Navarro, Savannah Abernathy and Jessica Abernathy of Crossett, Kayla Navarro of Hawaii, Taylor Navarro of Fort Leonard Wood and Alyssa Abernathy of Charleston, SC; his grandparents, Lester Fay Forrest and Jimmy Ray and Margaret K. Bardin of Crossett, Mike and Judy Navarro of Sparks, NV, and Linda Dunivan of Hayward, CA; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Hales officiating. Burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Skylar Abernathy, John Lochala, Joseph Lochala, Jonny Courtney, Daniel Reap and Beau Abernathy. Honorary pallbearers are J.D. Newbels, Seth Abernathy, Keegan Ganaway, Chazz Rice, Alex Braswell and Zach Barnett. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

February 16

Dudley R. Baxter

Dudley R. Baxter, 84, of Benton died Friday, February 11, 2011, at Saline Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. He was a retired builder, a Southern Baptist minister and a member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church. He served as pastor of churches in Eudora, Portland, and Oak Grove, La., and was an U. S. Army veteran. Mr. Baxter was a woodworking craftsman, making priceless furniture pieces and keepsakes and loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Louise Baxter; two sons, Ray Baxter of Benton and Kenneth Baxter and his wife Joannie of Eureka, IL; six grandchildren, Claire Brown and husband Johnny, Andrew Baxter, J. R. Baxter, Blake Baxter, Brenna Baxter and Bailey Baxter; and two great-grandchildren, Catherine Brown and Henry Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Victor Baxter and Tempye Carlton Baxter; and an infant son, Paul Dudley Baxter, all of Eudora.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, at Eudora Baptist Church with Rev. John Casey officiating. Burial was to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery by Bishop Funeral Home.

The family requests memorials be made to Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House.

James Edward Bulloch

James Edward Bulloch, 84, of Dumas, a retired building supply manager and member of First Baptist Church, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Born October 5, 1926, in Collins to the late Trice Wallace Bulloch and Verla Margaret Ogles Bulloch, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Bulloch was a member of the American Legion Walter Hall Post # 84, VFW, and president and owner of Bulloch Hunting Club.

Survivors are his wife, Billie Bulloch of Dumas; four daughters, Cindy Carter of Pontotoc, MS, Jean Lehmann of Marietta, GA, Ann Anderson of Mays Landing, NJ, and Jamie Hall of Kingsland, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13, at First Baptist Church in Dumas with Revs. Spencer Berry and Marck Gibson officiating followed by burial at the Collins Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 East Waterman Street, Dumas, AR 71639. Arrangements were by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.

Jerry L. Grigsby, Sr.

Jerry L. Grigsby, Sr., 71, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 12, 2011, while in a Little Rock hospital. He lived in Malvern for 40 years before moving to Hamburg five years ago. He owned numerous businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Atkins Grigsby of Hamburg; two sons, John Grigsby and James Grigsby and wife Terri and daughter Emily of Austin; another granddaughter, Allison Grigsby, a student at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia; a son adopted by the Grigsby family, Rod Beason and wife Carolina, and their two children, Sophia and Henry of Kansas City; a brother, Charles Grigsby, Sr., and wife Suzanne of Arlington, TN; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Ada Grigsby; a son, Jerry, Jr.; and a brother who died in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday, February 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, LA.

A family visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at the Hamburg First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Hamburg United Methodist Church Youth Center, 202 S. Main St., Hamburg AR 71646.

Jennifer Louise Hudson

Jennifer Louise Hudson, 58, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. A native and former resident of Crossett, she had lived in Hamburg since 1997. She graduated from Crossett High School in 1970, was a registered nurse and worked at the Ashley County Medical Center for 34 years. She was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and attended Eden Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Billy Hudson of Hamburg; a son, Bryan Hudson and wife Amy of Fountain Hill; a daughter, Christy Pullin and husband Timmy of Crossett; her mother, Marjorie Gilmore Rogers of Hamburg; a sister, Susan Stone of Crossett; six grandchildren, Crystal, Ashley, Drake, Allie, Kaylie, and Trent and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Rogers, in 2002.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, at the Eden Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Hicks officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Roy Hudson, David Rochester, Timothy Chavis, Larry Hudson, Chad Hudson, Kenneth Dunemn, Wade Barnett and Greg White.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 1610, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Bennie Jean McArthur

Bennie Jean McArthur, 69, of Hamburg died on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at her home. Born on August 25, 1941, to Oliver and Hazel Murphy Barnett in Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church where she taught kindergarten Sunday school. She enjoyed her classroom time with her kids, loved her church, bowling, tennis, aerobics, growing roses in her yard and entertaining.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Walter McArthur of Hamburg; a daughter, Connie Shaw and husband Mike of Crossett; a son, Kelley McArthur of Hamburg; two grandsons, Hayden Shaw and Jason Shaw of Crossett; a sister, Nancy Willis of Crossett; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Edith Hunnicutt; a brother, Richard Barnett and his wife Linda; a niece, Shelley Harris; and two great-nephews, Eric and Jeremy Ross.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers were to be Richie Barnett, Paul Harris, John Haygood, Steve Haygood, Michael Haygood, Danny Hunnicutt, Mike Shaw, Dustin Willis and Jeff Willis. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Sarah Ann Singleton

Sarah Ann Singleton, 57, of Little Rock, formerly of Hamburg, died Thursday, February 10, 2011, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Little Rock for the past 39 years, she fought for equality in women's rights, housing and African-American rights. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Aaron Morgan, Jr., and wife Louise of Milwaukee, WI; one daughter, Valerie Valco Henerson of Madison, WI; eleven brothers, Willie ‘Bo Pete' Shaw and Y.T. "Butch" Singleton of Little Rock, Curtis Howard and wife Gloria of Hamburg, John Howard of St. Paul, NC, Cleodis Colbert, Charles Colbert, Steve Colbert, Gabriel Colbert of Pine Bluff and Gosby Colbert II of Denver, CO; twelve sisters, Mary Dean Poole of Detroit, MI, Eva Barnett of Baton Rouge, LA, Leontyne Howard of Pomona, CA, Denise Hipp of Kansas City, MO, Carolyn Colbert of Milwaukee, Devorah Robinson Neal and Elaine Colbert of Milwaukee; Stephanie Colbert of Atlanta, GA, and Brenda, Debra, Regina and Amy Lee Colbert of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gosby "Joe" Colbert and Martha Mildred Singleton; four brothers, Timothy Barnett, Charles Singleton, Dexter and Robert Colbert; four sisters, Mildred Singleton, Ruby Bennett, Deloris Colbert Haltiwanner and Helen Colbert.

Services are at 11 a. m. Friday, February 18, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Following the service, remains will be cremated. Pallbearers are Cornelius Girtman, Alfred Robertson, Wally Jenkins, Willie Williams, Ray Stanley and Jimmy Downs. Guestbook signing is available at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Willie Mae Woods

Willie Mae Woods, 87, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native of Portland, a homemaker and member of Union Baptist Church in Parkdale.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Charles Woods and wife Colette of Indianapolis, IN, Barney Woods and wife Pamela of Hamburg and Joe Nathon Woods; four daughters, Betty Birdsong, Carrie White and husband Jessie and Rosa Evans, all of Indianapolis, IN, and Dorothy Robinson of Hamburg; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Woods was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Nathan Woods; and two daughters, Mabel Lee Woods Townsend and Ethel Mae Woods.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg with Bishop Danny Mays officiating. Pallbearers are Renol Birdsong, Eddie Mays, Phillip Mays, Jason White, Monte Brown and Marcus Mays.

Burial will be at the Woods Family Cemetery near Hamburg. Visitation will be Friday, February 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book signing is available at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

February 23

Chester Franklin Anders

Chester Franklin Anders, 87, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at his home. Born on August 28, 1923, in Ashley County to W. N. and Bertie Cartlidge Anders, Mr. Anders was a World War II veteran, having served in the Marine Corps for four years, seeing action in the South Pacific. He was a water plant operator for Georgia Pacific until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church since 1954, having served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and senior adult director.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Thomasene Anders of Crossett; two sons, Gale Anders and wife Sandy of Crossett and Rev. Mickey Anders and wife Sarah of Lexington, KY; four grandchildren, Dana Miller and husband Jeff of Tuscaloosa, AL, Niki Black and husband Clay of Crossett, Andy Anders and wife Crystal of Centerville, MD, and Will Anders of Lexington, KY; three great-grandchildren, Gracen Miller, Jordyn Black and Lizzie Anders; his brother, Everett Anders of Crossett and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Bette Saxton, Polly Morgan and Elaine Johnson.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 20, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Robin Allen officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the North Crossett First Baptist Church. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1035 Hwy 133, Crossett, AR 71635.

Glynn "Poe" Carpenter

Glynn Hope "Poe" Carpenter, 87, of Booneville died Monday, February 14, 2011, at the Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Booneville for the past 14 years and a former resident of Forrest City and Mena, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He began his electric utility career in 1946 in Hamburg with Mid-South Construction Company and later worked with an engineering firm in Hamburg and Hugo, Oklahoma. He worked for the Ashley Chicot Electric Cooperative in Hamburg for 11 years as a work order clerk, lineman, line foreman and power use advisor. His career took him to Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative in Mena where he served as general manager for eight years. He retired as president and chief executive officer of Woodruff Electric Cooperative at Forrest City, serving in that position from 1969 until 2003.

He represented Arkansas on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's board of directors for 20 years and served on the Federal Rural Electric Insurance Exchange for 12 years. He was a director and former chairman of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc., a past president of the Mena and Forrest City Chambers of Commerce, the Arkansas Rural Electrification Council, the Mena Lions Club, Forrest City Rotary Club, Booneville Kiwanis Club and Polk County Rural Development Council. He was a former board member of the Forrest City Memorial Hospital, Mena School Citizens Advisory Committee, Booneville Community Hospital, Booneville Chamber of Commerce and the Logan County Housing Authority. His last employment was with Century 21 Real Estate of Booneville. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, KCCH, a Master Mason of Booneville Blocher Masonic Lodge #247, a past Master Mason of the Promise Land Masonic Lodge, a member of Hamburg Masonic Lodge #465 and a member of the Booneville Order of the Eastern Star. He was a former deacon of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Forrest City, Landmark Baptist Church of Forrest City and Mena First Baptist Church. He was currently an active deacon of the First Baptist Church of Booneville and was involved in many other community activities.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mildred White Carpenter; a son, Billy Glynn Carpenter; a granddaughter, Kelly Jane Carpenter, all of Booneville; three brothers, Oliver, James and Doyle Carpenter of Hamburg and a sister, Nathalee Moore of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Bobby Carpenter; his parents, John and Lala Emory Carpenter; a brother, Quinton Carpenter; and three sisters, Imogene White, Louise Thompson and Ruth Threlkeld.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 18, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese, Carlton White and Dan Bonnette officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronald White, Bucky Carpenter, Frankie White, Jimmie Bonnette, Mike White and Robert Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were Charles "Bull" Wells, Dewey "Scutter" Kilcrease, Don Kelley, Norval Lee Cecil, Steve Collins, Larry Collins, Dale Lauhon, Billy Kelley, Leon White, Herald Dean Bonnette, Jimmy Kelley, Roger White, George E. White, Willard Erwin, Gerald Lauhon and Jack Shell.

Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR or to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Sheila Carpenter Jones

Sheila Lynn Carpenter Jones, 40, of Dermott died Sunday, February 20, 2011, in McGehee. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Dermott for the past four months and a former resident of McGehee and Fountain Hill, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1988. She was a nurse's aide and a Baptist.

She is survived by a son, Jody Lynn Jones, Jr., of Fountain Hill; her mother, Carolyn Ogles Carpenter of Fountain Hill; her father and step-mother, John and Edna Carpenter of Snyder; a brother, John Carpenter, Jr., and fiancé, Wanda Chism; a sister, Marilyn Hall and husband David, all of Fountain Hill; a step-brother, Joe Winters; and a step-sister, Misty Winters, both of Snyder. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nikki Carpenter, in 2009.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Winters, Dale Caine, Bo Powell, Randy Joe Griffin, Jeffie Griffin and John Richter. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Helen Chunn Ruffin

Helen Chunn Ruffin, 70, of Bastrop, LA, died Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Cherry Ridge Guest Care Center. A retired Wal-Mart employee and a member of Horseshoe Baptist Church where she was pianist for eleven years, she enjoyed mowing, working in her yard and sewing.

Survivors are her friend and companion for the past 15 years, Marion Cook; three daughters, Tammy Manley and husband Ron of Bastrop, Lynda Allen and husband Wayne of Fountain Hill and Lisa Barbara and husband Scott of Sterlington, LA; two sons, James Ruffin and wife Dana of West Monroe, LA, and Chuck Ruffin and wife Jean of Bluffton, SC; her stepfather, Fred Ford of California; two sisters, Joann Cascarini and husband Don of California and Fredyne Cox and husband Ken of Louisiana; a brother, Ivan Dodd of Texas; ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Verna Dew and Mary Frances Ford and Joseph Chunn; a son, Curtis "Curt" Ruffin, Jr., and two brothers.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 17, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home in Bastrop with Revs. Francis Smith and Don Slack officiating. Pallbearers were Lynn Winnon, Marshall Stephenson, Mike Silks, Brad and Steve Naff and Jim Cook. Robert Leisure and Tommy Barham were honorary pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Christ Church Cemetery.

Mark A. Smith

Mark A. Smith, 53, of DeWitt, formerly of Eudora, died Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at his home. He was born October 2, 1957, in Eudora, the son of the late Jerdie R. Smith and Vera Louise Goodwin Smith and was a farmer.

Survivors are a son, Charles Earl O'Fallon of Greenville, Texas; two daughters, Marci Adams of Fayetteville and Amanda Hendrock of New York; two brothers, Johnny Smith of Hamburg and George Smith of Henderson, Texas; a sister, Linda Pearson Shoptaw of Alma; seven grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at Bishop Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Village.

Dois Shook Willis

Dois Lefay Shook Willis, 84, of Bryant died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Monticello, a daughter of the late Thomas Lee and Linne Calhoun Allen. She was the widow of Doyle L. Shook, Sr., and Joe Henry Willis, a long time member of First Baptist Church in Crossett, and, at the time of her death, a member of Otter Creek Baptist Church in Little Rock. She worked in retail clothing.

Survivors include her son, Doyle L. Shook, Jr., and wife Jeanie of Bryant; three brothers, Odis Allen and Bobby Allen of Monticello and Lee Allen of Crossett; one sister, Mae Sawyer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Nathan Shook and Betsy Pipher.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m Monday, Feb. 14, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with burial at Union Ridge Cemetery. Guest book at www.stephenson dearman.com.

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