January 5

Leon E. Evans

Leon E. Evans, 88, of Hamburg died Monday, January 3, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Hamburg for over 50 years and a resident of Alexandria, VA, for 20 years, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School and from the University of Arkansas in 1941. He was a United States Air Force pilot veteran serving during World War II. He was the manager of the Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative in Hamburg for 12 years and was an administrator for 20 years for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C., serving as the coordinator for their Latin America program. He was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church. After his retirement, he owned and operated Evans Greenhouse and was a member of several orchid societies in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana and was always active in civic clubs and was a founding member of the Hamburg Rotary Club.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas Evans and wife Wanda and John Evans and wife Cindy, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Susan Ayers of Richmond, VA; a sister, Madie Stroud of St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Houston Evans, in 1999; a son, James Evans; his parents, Charles Curtis and Ollie Mae Forester Evans; and two brothers, Keith & Dean Evans.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, January 6, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Terri Lynn Bunnell officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bob Evans, Sam Evans, Randy Evans, Caleb Martin, Josh Ayers and Kory Steen. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the First United Methodist Church Men's Sunday School Class and the LaGrone Drug Store afternoon coffee drinkers. Memorials may be made to the Evans Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Commercial Bank, P. O. Box 150, Monticello, AR 71657. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marjorie Fein Hurd

Marjorie Fein Hurd, 88, of Crossett died Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Stonegate Villa and Rehab Center. Born November 16, 1922, in North Little Rock to John Lorenz and Drucie Elliott Fein, Mrs. Hurd was the former office manager of Howard Brothers Department Store in Crossett. She and her husband Bill were charter members of the Crossett Players, an amateur theatrical group, and were active in every aspect of the Players' productions, both on stage and off. In 1988, the board of directors renamed the Crossett Playhouse the Hurd Playhouse in honor of Marjorie and Bill's years of service. Active in the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, she enjoyed oil painting, travel, and her pets.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Galler and husband Bill of Baton Rouge, LA, and Judy Hayward and husband Gary of Mont Vernon, NH; and two grandchildren, Mollie and Adam Hayward. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister, and her husband, William C. "Bill" Hurd.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, at the Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Reverend Bonnie Wilkins officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Friend, Fred Galler, Fred Hudgens, John McLaren, Don Rothenbush and Thaddeus Wilkins. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Hazel McGilton

Hazel McGilton, 86, of Hamburg died Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at the Montrose Bay Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fairhope, Alabama. A native of Magee, Mississippi, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 20 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Concord Baptist Church in Magee.

She is survived by two sisters, Ann Lacey and Lillie Dale Brown both of Fairhope, Alabama, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Keith McGilton, in August, 2010; her parents, Eddie and Maudie Hopkins Roberts; and three brothers, Earl, Prentis and Frank Roberts.

Grave-side services were at 3 p.m., Friday, December 31, in the Judson Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jo Etta Miller

Jo Etta Miller, 59, of Lacey died Friday, December 24, 2010, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Junction City and a resident of Lacey for the past 20 years, she was a health service specialist and a deputy registrar for the Ashley County Department of Health in Hamburg. She was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, loved quilting and was very fond of the aerobic exercise Zumba. Mrs. Miller loved her family and her church.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Charlie Horace Miller of Lacey; two daughters, Toyia Charles Comminey and husband Shawn of Baton Rouge, LA, and Myia Miller of Lacey; one brother, Rev. Edward Roland Charles and wife Patricia of Monroe, LA; two sisters, Ruth Evelyn Lawson and husband Bruce of Plains, NJ, and Margaret Cyrus and husband William of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Corey Charles, Jr., Shawn Comminey, II, Margriona Miller and Jahmeila Samuels; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one son, Corey Charles; her parents, Rev. Willie Rogers and Louise Henderson Charles; and two brothers, Rev. Willie Rogers Charles, Jr., and John Charles.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, December 31, at Holy Divine Church in Lacey with Rev. Edward Roland Charles officiating. Pallbearers were Rodney Larry, Jack Suber, Ephran Franklin, Edward Charles, Kevin Charles, Larry Rogers, Freddie Cann, Jr., and Kenny Junior. Honorary pallbearers were Horace Junior, Jerry Goodman, Bruce Lawson, Shawn Comminey, Jermaine Samuels, Carl Smith, William Cyrus, and Jimmie Welch. Burial followed at the Mount Pelium Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Rebecca Suzanne Perdue

Rebecca Suzanne Perdue, 39, of Crossett died Friday, December 31, 2010. She was born on December 8, 1971, in Tulsa, OK, to John and Barbara Sexton Perdue. Rebecca had been a fifth grade teacher and attended Grace Christian Fellowship. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Survivors include one son, Eriq Perdue-Lawe of Crossett; her father, John Perdue of Crossett; two brothers, Bruce W. Perdue of Missouri and John Douglas Perdue of Warsaw, MO; two aunts, Mary Helen Tillman of Warren and Glenda Graves of Huttig; two uncles, Jack Perdue of Gladewater, TX, and Charles Perdue of Strong; and a host of friends and cousins.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 4, at Grace Christian Fellowship with Bros. Scott Wheeler and Charles Perdue officiating. Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ottis Hilton Prescott

Ottis Hilton Prescott, 71, of Crossett died Thursday, December 30, 2010 at his residence. A native of Millport, AL, and a resident of Crossett for the past 61 years, he was a retired carpenter, an avid fisherman, a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed carpentry work.

He is survived by one daughter, Sharon Prescott Rogers of Watson; one brother, Raymond Prescott and wife Margaret of Dorchester, SC; five sisters, Lou Nell Faulk of Crossett, Betty Collier of Highland Home, AL, Linnie Earl Blackwell of Montgomery and Martha Harrod of Montgomery, AL, and Sue Holey of Crossett; one grandson, Benjamin Ross Burgess of Crossett; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Virginia Christine Prescott; his parents, Linley Undis and Gertrude Lee Prescott; one brother, Kenneth Prescott; four sisters, Frances Mosley, Minnie Carolyn Sexton, Vivian Ruffin, and Virginia Faye Faulk; and one nephew, Jerry Leon Barnett.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Friday, December 31, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Roy Grantham officiating. Pallbearers were Eugene Barnett, Michael Burnside, L. D. Prescott, Robert Earl Prescott, Junior Burden, and David Miles, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery. Guest book signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

David Leroy Sitton, Sr.

David Leroy Sitton Sr., 72, of North Little Rock died Dec. 31, 2010. Born July 1, 1938, to Haskell and Mattie Sitton in Harrison, he graduated from Harrison High School in 1957 following an all-district and honorable mention all-state career as a halfback for the Golden Goblins. Later that fall, he helped usher the Little Rock Nine into Little Rock Central High School as a member of the Arkansas National Guard, 151st AAA Battalion. He also served in 39th Infantry, Company B, 217th Engineer Battalion in Russellville in the Arkansas National Guard.

A 32nd degree Mason, Sitton joined Big Rock Masonic Lodge No. 633 and the Albert Pike Memorial Temple. After making KCCH with the Scottish Rite, he served as captain of the Bedouin Unit of the Scimitar Shrine Temple from 1984-86, president of the Southwest Grotto Association, potentate of the Scimitar Shrine in 1997 and monarch of the Bendemeer Grotto in 1998. Other Masonic organizations he joined included Eastern Star, Amaranth, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.

A member of the Arkansas State Police Association, Sitton also belonged to the Russellville Jaycees, the Heber Springs Optimist Club and the Crossett Jaycees. A charter member and president of the North Hills Lions Club, he served as president of the Lakewood Junior High Booster Club and president of the Northeast High School Booster Club. He also coached pony league and Babe Ruth baseball and softball.

He worked at Crow-Burlingame, the Arkansas State Police and the U.S. Marshal's Service. Sitton became an ASP field-training officer in 1992 and was named the first senior corporal in ASP history in 2001. He gave driver's tests in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood, England, Lonoke, Des Arc, Hazen, Perryville, Cabot and Conway from 1970-1984.

He married Rebecca Lynn Macy on July 7, 1977. They raised two sons from his previous marriage to Janet Hardgrave, and a son and daughter from her previous marriage; Sitton adopted them in 1989. They joined Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in 1986, but moved nine years later to a new church home at North Hills Baptist Church where he served as an usher.

He survived by his wife, Becky Sitton of North Little Rock; three sons, Chuck Sitton and wife Lynell of El Dorado, David Sitton, Jr., of Sherwood and Ronald Sitton and wife Tanya of North Little Rock; a daughter, Aronna Sorvillo and husband Chris of Maumelle; a sister, Mittie Youngblood and husband Charles of Harrison; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Dawn Sitton; and a son, Donald Allen Sitton.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, January 3, at North Hills Baptist Church in Sherwood with Rev. Jim Ward officiating. Grave-side services followed at Rest Hills Memorial Park in Sherwood with arrangements by Sherwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers included Bro. George Smith, Michael Gray, L.D. Umholtz, Curtis Umholtz, Christopher Umholtz and NLRPD Officer Craig Umholtz. Honorary pallbearers included past potentates of the Scimitar Shrine Temple, the Arkansas State Police, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Waffle House crew. Memorials may be made to North Hills Baptist Church, the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Grotto Humanitarian Fund.

Odell Stanley

Odell Stanley, 72, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 2, 2011, at his residence in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a retired welder, a member of Eden Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons, Wayman Odell Stanley of Hamburg and Allen Stanley and wife Paula of Crossett; one daughter, Rita Caine and husband Stephen of Hamburg; one sister, Lillie Bell Cessor of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Jane Trigleth Stanley, on November 30, 2010; one daughter, Betty Fran Stevens; his parents, James Early and Estelle Reynolds Stanley; three brothers, Grady, Charles, and Cdell Stanley; and one sister, Ethel Cessor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Keith Hicks officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 4, from 6-8 p. m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Simms Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwell funeral home.net.

January 12

Robert L. Barker

Robert L. Barker, 90, of Crossett died Monday, January 3, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health & Rehab. Born on January 30, 1920, in Stevens, LA, to the late Robert Andrew and Waif Allison Barker, Mr. Barker was retired from the Marines and was a member of the 32 degree Scottish Rite and the Crossett Lodge #576. A former VA representative in Oceanside, CA, he was a member of South Main Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Howard Barker of Crossett; two sons, Drew Barker and wife Sherry of Crossett and Danny Barker and wife Pam of Willis, TX; two daughters, Linda White and husband Bobby and Becky Thompson and husband Larry, all of Crossett; one sister, Frances Hearnsberger of Murfreesboro, TN; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, at Little Rock National Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to South Main Baptist Church, 2801 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Wesley Lyn Bilbo

Wesley Lyn Bilbo, 19, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 6, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born January 19, 1991, in Monticello, he was a lifelong resident of Hamburg and attended the Hamburg Public Schools.

He was employed by P.E. Barnes Flooring Mill and loved to fish and hunt.

He is survived by his sister, Whitney Paige Bilbo Tharpe and husband Dustin of Hamburg, two special sisters, Kayla Pilgrim Jackson and husband Zach of Crossett and Crystal Pilgrim Harper and husband Scott, of Port Arthur, Texas; his grandparents, Jim and Kathy Barfield of Hamburg and Pat and Fred Fingleman of Texas; his great-grandmother, Dora Elizabeth Walters of Hamburg; two uncles, Jeff Bilbo and wife Cassa and Jimbo Barfield and wife Amy, all of Hamburg, his mother and father who raised him, Treasa and Tommy Pilgrim of Hamburg; a special friend of several years, Hannah Abernathy of Monticello; his birth mother, Patricia Bilbo of Texas and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael C. Bilbo, in 2007.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, January 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are J.B. Cope, Ross Gosnell, Brandon Graham, Patrick Ladd, Wayne Jordan, Josh Goodwin, Adrian Thurman, Josh Cunningham. Honorary pallbearers are Jake Wallace, Nick Kelley, Briar Jackson, Morgan Jackson, Adrian Moore and Zach Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Alice Marie Cameron

Alice Marie Cameron, 80, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock.

A native of North Dakota, a resident of Hamburg for the past 48 years and a former resident of Willits, CA, she worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory for over 30 years and in her retirement years volunteered in the Hamburg School District as a foster grandparent to the kindergarten class. She was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Kenny Cameron and wife Becky of Conway; two daughters, Betty Morman and husband Herman of Hamburg and JoAnn Deal and husband Philip of Crossett; a brother, George Else of Jamestown, ND; a sister, Lavern Olsen of Oaks, ND; five grandchildren, Anna Cameron, Michael Mormon, Matthew Morman, Jonathan Cameron and Mitchell Deal; and two great-grandchildren, Isaac Morman and Kelsey Haynes.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles Leroy Cameron in, 2009; a great-grandchild, Angel Grace Morman; her parents, Ferdinand George and Anna Blow Else; a sister, Laretta Kirkendahl; four brothers, Raymond, Lyle, Freeman and Bill Else; three step-brothers and two step-sisters.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 7, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons and sons-in-law, Michael Morman, Matthew Morman, Jonathan Cameron, Mitchell Deal, Herman Morman and Philip Deal. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Doyle "Hurley" Miller

Doyle "Hurley" Miller, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, January 6, 2011, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett and an employee of the Georgia Pacific paper mill for 35 years, he was a member of Living Testament Church of God in Christ where he served as chairman of the deacon ministry. He enjoyed football and baseball.

He is survived by three sons, Dennis Williams and wife Teresa, Kenneth Tucker, and Edwin Morris, all of Crossett; three daughters, Diana Williams of Crossett, Stephanie Williams of Monroe, LA, and LaTisha Williams and husband Thomas of Hamburg; his mother, Willie Mae Cason Wilson of Crossett; one sister, Gertharene Tucker and husband Carl of Crossett; fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, A.G. Miller, and one brother, Leeverne "Punkin" Wilson.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, at Living Testament Church of God in Christ with Elder Nolan Phillips officiating. Burial will be at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Cherry Royal

Cherry Tolliver Royal, 63, of Dayton, OH, died Thursday, January 6, 2011, at the hospice in Dayton. She was a native of Lake Village, a dietician for Grandview Hospital and a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Robert Royal, III, of Dayton; two daughters, Melinda Campbell and husband Dennis and Timeco Royal of Dayton; two brothers, Curtis Tolliver, Sr., and wife Claudine of Hamburg and David Tolliver and wife Linda of Lake Village; four sisters, AliceTolliver and Norma T. Colbert of Lake Village, Joyce A. Colbert and husband J. W. of Arkansas City and Lula M. Jordan of Little Rock, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Royal, Jr.; her parents, Will and Lula Bright Tolliver; and four brothers, Haywood, Milton, Edward and Will Tolliver.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 13, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Byrd officiating. Pallbearers will be the deacons of the church with brothers and nephews as honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow at the Dayton National Cemetery with arrangements by Belmont Chapel Funeral Home of Dayton.

Published January 19

Calvin Brooks Bassett

Calvin Brooks Bassett, 86, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at his residence. A native of Jones, OK, and a resident of Crossett for the past 18 years, he also resided in Farmington, NM, for 48 years. He was a retired laborer in the construction industry, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and was of the Assembly of God faith and enjoyed ceramics, quilting, walking, and fishing.

He is survived by three sons, Raymond Bassett of Crossett, Phillip Bassett and wife Diana of Corning, IA, and Russell Bassett and wife Jennifer of Strong; one daughter, Vanessa Bassett Porter of Crossett; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, M. Gayle Hutson Bassett; two brothers, William and John Bassett; and two sisters, Mable Bassett and Mary Bassett Sowell.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Friday, January 14, at the Simms Cemetery with Bro. Chris Croswell officiating, under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Honorary pallbearers were Phillip Bassett, Jr., Billy Bassett, David Bassett, Johnny Bassett, Kenneth Wesson, and Robert Wesson. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Hazel Edith Braswell

Hazel Edith Braswell, 95, of Crossett died on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on October 27, 1915, in Crossett to William Curtis and Eva Edith Hughen Watson, Mrs. Braswell was an avid outdoors woman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and riding her horse, Snicker. She was dedicated to her church, Magnolia Baptist Church, and worked all her life teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and being active in Women's Missionary Union.

Survivors include one sister, Jean Lovelace of Pine Bluff; her faithful guardians, Janice and Wayne Moffatt of Crossett; her caregivers, Leone Wilcox, Claudine Pamplin, Shirley Forrest, Debbie Sharp and Chris Lamb; and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Braswell; a son, Glen Allen Braswell; three brothers and their wives, Cecil Watson and wife Joy, Allen Watson and wife Louise and Travis Watson and wife Allene; and three sisters and their husbands, Rosalie Carter and husband Urban, Jessie McKelvy and Louise Roberts and husband Willard.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 13, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Griffith and Scott Sasser officiating. Pallbearers were John Gulledge, Gerald Mercer, Scott Sasser, Ray Stokes, Johnny Hennington and Bruce Sharp. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Magnolia Baptist Church, 822 Marais Saline Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.

Louise Curran Bell

Louise Curran Bell, 77, of Hodge, LA, formerly of Dermott, died Saturday January 15, 2011, at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, LA. Born to the late Charlie Tom Curran and Sallie Crouch on April 29, 1933, she was the widow of Henry Bell and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of McGehee.

Mrs. Bell is survived by one son, Allen Bell of Little Rock; four daughters, Shirley Morsier and Geraldine Bell of Monticello, Patsy Turner of Hodge and Barbara Selby of Montrose; two brothers, Sam Curran and J. W. Curran of Crossett; two sisters; Faye Turner of Florida and Mary Lawrence Curran of Missouri; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by two brothers; Elvin and Melvin Curran.

Funeral service were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, at the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Village with Bro. Phillip Payne officiating with burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake Village. Pallbearers are Brian Selby, Seth Fisher, Mark Morsier, Harold Dubree, Michael Selby, and Ike Moon. Arrangements were by Griffin-Steele Funeral Service of Lake Village. Online guestbook at griffinfuneralservice.net.

Ellen Shaver Burns

Ellen H. Shaver Burns, 81, of Fountain Hill died Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of the Milo community outside Hamburg and a resident of Fountain Hill for most of her life, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1947. She owned and operated Burns Texaco in Fountain Hill for several years and was a member of the Eden Baptist Church. She loved her animals, gardening and fishing.

She is survived by her husband, James Burns of Fountain Hill; three sons, Bobby Shaver of Collinston, LA, Jimmy Shaver and wife Pearley of Fountain Hill and Tommy Shaver and wife Mary of Crossett; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Orby Shaver, in 1956; a son, Clarence Shaver, in 2008; her parents, Ed and Mattie Bays Hagood; two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 14, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Dean Savage officiating. Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Shannon Shaver, Orby Shaver, Billy Shaver, Joe Shaver, Bo Shaver, Drew Shaver and Chris Shaver. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Joe Frank Byrd

Joe Frank Byrd, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at The Woods of Monticello. Born on August 14, 1935, in Crossett to Harry Young and Lucille Courson Byrd, he had been an accountant for Georgia Pacific. He liked to garden and work on his computer and was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, serving as a choir director and a former Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Byrd of Crossett; one son, Chris Byrd and wife Angela of Crossett; one daughter, Alexa Beatty and husband Kevin of Monticello; and three grandchildren, Cody Byrd, Devin Beatty and Harrison Byrd. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bobby Byrd and Roy Donald Byrd.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, January 14, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Lexie Courson, Charlie Frank Courson, William Courson, Larry Courson, Danny Courson and Ronnie Tucker. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the Jarvis Chapel Building Fund, 1018 Ashley 14 N, Crossett, AR 71635.

Georgia Dale Cooper

Georgia Dale Robinson Cooper, 66, of Crossett died Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 30, 1944, in Portland to Joe Dave and Mary Dean Jane Peoples Robinson, Mrs. Cooper was a case packer operator at Georgia Pacific, and was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. She loved going to the beach.

Survivors include her husband, L. C. Cooper, Jr., of Crossett, two sons, Corky Cooper and wife Tonya and Greg Cooper and wife Cheryl; one brother; Sonny Robinson of Crossett; two sisters, Jane Ward of Bastrop, LA, and Mary Wilson of Crossett; seven grandchildren, Whitney Wilcox, Britney Person, Chance Cooper, Kristyn Chenault, Blake Cooper, Zach Cooper and Easton Cooper;and two great-grandchildren; Landrie Wilcox and Cade Chenault. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Eva Robinson, Marilyn Milholland, Betty Mills, and Judy Vining.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, January 17, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jerry Grant officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Martin LeVan Felkins

Martin LeVan Felkins, 74, of Crossett died Friday, January 14, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on August 13, 1936, in Russellville to William R. and Lois Robinson Felkins, Mr. Felkins was a veteran of the U. S. Army, a retired boilermaker and past member of the board of trustees for Boilermakers Local # 69 in Little Rock for over 20 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved deer hunting, crappie fishing, gardening and cooking.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Watt Felkins of Crossett; four sons, Marty Felkins and wife Margie of White Hall, Greg Felkins of Crossett, Todd Freeman and wife Michelle of Crossett and David Scott Freeman and wife Monica of Crossett; one daughter, Karyn Felkins of Rison; one sister, Goldie Burnes of North Little Rock; ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 17, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial followed at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Harold H. T. Johnson

Harold H. "Worm" T. Johnson, 54, of Hamburg died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. He is survived by four brothers, Bradley and wife Mae Frances Hughes, Arthur Johnson, Frankie and wife Nadine of Little Rock and David Webb of Coleman, Florida; one sister, Pearlie and husband Tommie Colding; and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 15, at Gaines Street Baptist Church, 1601 South Gaines St., in Little Rock. Services were by Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home.

Thelma Irene Lonsberry

Thelma Irene Chatman Lonsberry, 90, of Warren died Friday January 14, 2011, in Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation at Crossett. Born November 5, 1920, at Bradley to the late John Chatman and Elizabeth Henderson Chatman Parker, she was retired from the Warren Public School System after baking cakes, cookies and rolls and serving meals at East Side Elementary School for many years, was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where she started the Quilting for Missions project and was the widow of Lee Elton Lonsberry who died June 29, 1992.

Survivors are three sons, Mike Lonsberry and spouse Amy of Guntersville, AL, Danny Lee Lonsberry and spouse Debbie and David Elton Lonsberry and spouse Sandy of Longview, TX; one daughter, Elaine Lonsberry Outlaw of Hamburg; two sisters Marie Hendrickson of Taylor, MI, and Maxine Parker of Travis City, MI; grandchildren, Felecia Cope and husband Lavon of Fountain Hill, Greg Outlaw of Tilly, Natalie Lonsberry of Baton Rouge, LA, and Clayton Lonsberry and spouse Becky, Jana Lonsberry, Wesley Lonsberry and Dustin and Dillon Dudley of Longview, TX, John Meredith of San Antonio, TX, Jacob Meredith and spouse Nakita of Auburn, AL, and Diana Barham and spouse Josh of Tyler, TX; six great-grandchildren, Thane Cope and spouse Krin, Brittany Outlaw and Chase Outlaw of Hamburg, Monroe Cope and spouse Sarah of Fountain Hill, Brynna Lonsberry, Camy Lonsberry both of Longview, TX.,Taegan Meredith, Auburn, AL, and two great-great-granddaughters, Kyra and Raely, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 16, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel with Rev. David Richey officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Outlaw, Clayton Lonsberry, Wesley Lonsberry, Thane Cope, Monroe Cope and Chase Outlaw. Memorials preferred to Immanuel Baptist Church, 701 W. Pine St., Warren, AR 71671. Guest book www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

Vivian McKimmey Malloy

Vivian McKimmey Malloy, 85, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehab. Born on May 13, 1925, in Selma, AL, to Eugene and Irma Woodard McKimmey, Mrs. Malloy was a retired secretary for Georgia Pacific Corp. and was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and cooking.

Survivors include her husband, Robert F. Malloy of Crossett; two sons, Robert Michael Malloy and wife Betty of Texarkana and Mark Jefferson Malloy of Crossett; one daughter, Melissa Wyatt and husband Joe of Zachary, LA; five grandchildren, Mason, Matthew, Brooke, Carter, and Christian; and two great-grandchildren, Brian and Cole. Mrs. Malloy was preceded in death by a twin brother, Vernon McKimmey, and a sister, Mary Draper.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 14, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Wyatt, Trent McCone, Carter Malloy, Mason Malloy, Brian Malloy and Campbell Wilkerson. Burial followed at the Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church MMC, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Lakewood Cemetery, P. O. Box 560, Crossett, AR 71635.

Montee Dale Smart

Montee Dale ‘Mick' Smart, 89, of El Dorado died Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was a resident of Timberlane Health and Rehab. Born April 24, 1921, in Anderson, MO, to Herschel and Susie Koonrod Smart, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a U.S. Navy blimp pilot and commanded the first blimp to perform an in-flight refueling operation and the first to land on an aircraft carrier.

After his military duty, he owned and managed small businesses in Crossett including the Quick Stop and Dixie Dandy groceries and M&S Goodyear. He also was employed as an Allstate insurance agent.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crossett and active in the men's Bible class. He was a regular at Andy's coffee club and a faithful Rotarian with 30 years perfect attendance.

He is survived by two sons, Greg and wife Sondra and Steve and wife Michelle, all of El Dorado; five grandchildren, Tyler, Trent, Craig and wife Lauren, Dale and wife Mary, Courtney and husband Phillip Stone; and a great-granddaughter, Mallory. He was preceded in death by his wife, Boots, his parents and two brothers.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate the lives of Mick & Boots Smart.

Memorials may be made to the John R. Williamson Hospice House, 2301 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, AR 71730 and the Interfaith Health Clinic, 514 W. Faulkner, El Dorado, AR 71730.

Bernice Tweedy Williams

Bernice Tweedy Williams, 86, of Cypress, CA, died Sunday, January 9, 2011, at Emeritus Care Center in Corona, CA. A native of Hamburg, she was a resident of Cypress since 1952 and was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg.

She is survived by a son, David Martin of Hamburg; a brother, Don Tweedy and wife Brenda of Bellview, Nebraska; a grandson, David Martin of Tustin, CA; and a granddaughter, Sandra Rising and husband Michael of Corona. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Williams, in 2009; her parents, Wilford Tweedy in 1961 and Lillie Mae Tweedy in 2001; a granddaughter, Carla Bernice Martin, in 1987; and two brothers, Ray and Bobby Tweedy, in 1993.

After cremation in California, her ashes will later be returned to Hamburg for burial at the Hamburg Cemetery.

January 26

Ester Avery

Ester Avery, 92, of Dermott died Sunday, January 16, 2011, at his daughter's residence in Dermott. He was a native of Portland, a resident of Lake Village for 50 years, a resident of Dermott for the past two years, a retired farmer and a Baptist. Mr. Avery loved raising his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mattie Avery of Dermott; eight sons, Ester Avery, Jr., and wife Josephine and Charles Avery of Little Rock, Robert Avery and wife Claudia of Monticello, Percy Avery of Battle Creek, MI, Frankie Avery of Kansas City, MO, Andrew Avery of Atlanta, GA, Jeffrey Avery of Fairfield, CA, and Patrick Avery of Oakland, CA; six daughters, Dorothy Matheney of Douglasville, GA, Martha Scales and husband Othell, Rosemary Bethune and Sandra Moore and husband Edwin of Little Rock, Stephanie Avery of St. Louis, MO, and Sylvia Meads and husband John of Dermott; one brother, Hunter Avery of San Francisco, CA; one sister, Hazel Rice and husband Eddie of Warren; 40 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dave Avery, his parents, Dave and Mamie Burnahm Avery; five sisters, Mamye Ann Robinson, Marie Wilson, Dorothy Blake, Elizabeth Spencer and Daisy Avery; and one brother, Hosea Avery.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 22, at Central Community Center in Lake Village with Bro. Harry Blake officiating. Active pallbearers were Wilbert Easterling, Derrick Avery, Charles Binum, Russell Cleary, Michael Brown, and Larry Woods. Burial followed at the Portland #2 Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www. cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Frederick Daniels

Frederick Daniels, 53, of Crossett died Monday, January 17, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from Safeway Grocery Store and loved working on cars, camping, fishing, and drinking Hawaiian punch.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Wanda Burns Daniels; two sons, Dominic Mayweather and wife Penny of Camden and Kah'liff Daniels of Crossett; one daughter, Martha Elliot and husband Andre of Monroe, LA; two stepsons, Anthony Russell and wife Jamie of Memphis, TN, and Kenneth Russell and wife Nancy of Crossett; one stepdaughter, Carla Russell of Bastrop, LA; his parents, Curley and Bulah Hampton Daniels of Crossett; four brothers, Christopher, Jashond and Lawerence Daniels of Crossett and John Lee Daniels of Hot Springs; three sisters, Deborah Whigham and husband Willie of Manteca, CA, Jennifer Daniels of Crossett and Christine Chambers and husband Paul of Pittsburg, CA; ten grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, Curly, Jr., and Johnathan Daniels.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 21, at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Murlee Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Cameron Jones, Christopher Daniels, Jashond Daniels, Jeron Daniels, Kenneth Russell, and Andre Elliot. Burial was at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Lewis Richard Gulledge

Lewis Richard Gulledge, 82, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 57 years, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II where he received a Victory Ribbon. He was a retired railroad conductor for Ashley Drew and Northern, a member of Southside Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Ann Royal Gulledge of Hamburg; three sons, Danny Gulledge of Hamburg, Lewis Richard Gulledge, Jr., of Eureka Springs and Keith Gulledge and wife Lisa of Hamburg; two daughters; Martha Crane and husband Douglas of Montrose and Misty Kelley and husband Robert of Hamburg; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt Dalice and Clara Mae Coulter Gulledge; three brothers, Dalice, Norman, and Leroy Gulledge; and two sisters, Myrtis Murphy and Opal Skender.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21, at Southside Baptist Church with Bros. Charles Pullin and Edward Gulledge officiating. Pallbearers were Glen Lawson, Shan Streeter, Bill Sellers, Leland Johnson, Herman Mormon, Jr., John Dailey, John Dumas, Johnny Seach, and Sammy Wallace. Burial followed at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral-home.net.

Gerald Clyde Hopper

Gerald Clyde Hopper, 78, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Saturday, January 22, 2011, at his residence. Born on September 28, 1932, in Crossett to the late Rufus C. and Fairy Etheridge Hopper, he was a retired electrician, working for Georgia-Pacific Corp. for 37 years. Mr. Hopper was an U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving aboard the USS Hamner and was a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat Parkhill Hopper of Crossett; two daughters, Nancy Dannheim and husband Carl of Monroe, LA, and Jerrie Dominique and husband Colonel Michael of Fort Leavenworth, KS; two granddaughters, Second Lt. Morgan Dominique of Fort Knox, KY, and Christina Dominique of Fort Leavenworth; one grandson, Trent Lunsford of Monroe, LA.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, in the Crossett First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russell Moore officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main, Crossett, AR 71635; Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655 or charity of choice. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Teresa Ann Jones

Teresa Ann Tietz Jones, 52, of Crossett, died Monday, January 17, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 19, 1958, in Crossett to Bernard J. and Nettie Jean Lochala Tietz, she was a homemaker and owner of Teresa's Cake Shop. Teresa was a member of Sterlington Holiness Tabernacle. She was preceded in death by her mother and an infant son.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Jones of Crossett; her father, Bernard J. Tietz of Crossett; a brother, Phillip Tietz and wife Denise of Russellville; a nephew, Phil Tietz of Kilgore, TX, and a niece, Becky Brandon of Russellville.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. Tracy Boyd, Sam Snow and Marty Jones officiating. Burial followed at the Goshen Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones-service.com.

Lake A. Lewis, Jr.

Lake A. Lewis, Jr., 59, of Hamburg, died Sunday, January 23, 2011. As of Monday afternoon, funeral arrangements had not been set.

Arrangements will be announced by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services of Pine Bluff. For arrangements or the on-line guest book, see Fuller Funerals.com.

Odie Charles McFarland, Sr.

Odie Charles McFarland, Sr., 75, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, January 24, 2011, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. A native of Banks, a resident of Bastrop for the past five years and a former resident of Crossett, he was a veteran of the United States Army. He was an electrician for the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill for over 30 years, retiring in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Fleming McFarland of Bastrop; a son, Odie McFarland, Jr., of Hamburg; three daughters, Donna Steed of McComb, MS, and Nita Morgan and Nancy Varnell of Crossett; four sisters, Julie Brown of Moro Bay, Margie Craig of Los Angeles, CA, Lois Smith of Freeport, TX, and Ranona Harmon of Fort Smith; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ingrid Hohmänn McFarland; his parents, Odie Clarence McFarland and Helen Landreth Smith; and a sister, Juanita Harmon.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. John Williams and Keith Boseman officiating. Burial will be in the McFarland Cemetery in Banks. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Buford Sue Maxwell Miller

Buford Sue Maxwell Miller, 83, of Crossett died Friday, January 21, 2011. Born on May 12, 1927, in Parkdale to Buford Wallace and Fannie Sue Stinson Maxwell, she was a long time public servant to the City of Crossett retiring as city treasurer and, after her retirement, was elected to the Crossett City Council. Mrs. Miller was a lifelong member of Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church and loved her flower garden.

Survivors include, one son, Gary Lee Miller of Crossett; one daughter, Beverly Kaye Miller of Lonoke; and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Lemmie Lee Miller; her parents, one sister, Myrtle Forrest; seven brothers, Lucian, Homer, James Daniel, Woodrow, Terry, Lester, and Pete Maxwell; and a special nephew, Billy Smith.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, at Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Revs. Judyth Ross and Boyd Savage officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 661, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Charles Edward Naff

Charles Edward Naff, 67, of Hamburg died Friday, January 21, 2011, at his residence. A native of Crossett and a resident of Malakoff, Texas, for 10 years, he had lived in Hamburg for the past year. He was a retired carpenter with Naff Construction, a Baptist and an avid fisherman.

He is survived by three brothers, Roger and wife Helen, Glen and wife Flora, and Steve and wife Vicky, all of Crossett; three sisters, Joann Naff, Lorraine Carr and husband Rickey and Susie Naff, all of Crossett; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tipton and Allie McDougald Naff, and his first wife, Mary Frisby.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 23, at the Crossroads Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Bro. John Williams officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.crom-wellfuneralhome.net.

Douglas Frank Pierce

Douglas Frank Pierce, 88, of Hamburg died Monday, January 17, 2011, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Born February 13, 1922, in Paris, TN, and a resident of Ashley County for 60 years, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Georgia-Pacific and was a Baptist. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bess Marie Mormon Pierce of Hamburg; three sons, William Pierce and wife Vicki of Crossett, Jeff Pierce of Hamburg and Robert Dement of Buckeye, AZ; three daughters, Dorothy Spurlock and Gina Keller of Crossett and Sherry Rand and husband Steve of Warren; eleven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William Pierce, his mother, Katie Douglas Pierce; his step-mother that raised him, Sally Maude Daniel Pierce; two brothers, Kinny Pierce and Johnnie L. Pierce; and four sisters, Lula Bell Pierce, Ethel Blandford, Mary Blandford and Nellie Johnson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 20, at North Main Baptist Church with Rev. James Thompson officiating. Burial was at Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Corder, Jim Skender, Johnny William Pierce, Herman Mormon, Jr., Steven Sadler and Cody Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Milford Mills and Wesley Fairchild.

Memorials may be made to the North Main Baptist Church Building Fund, 1105 N. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Louvinia Simpson

Louvinia Simpson, 78, of Lacey died Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Anative of Lacey, she was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church in Lacey. She had a great passion for cooking, fishing, gardening and quilting.

She is survived by four sons, Jerry Don Simpson and wife Cassandra of Lacey, Laron Simpson of Crossett, James Earl Simpson and wife Janice of Monticello and Marvin Dewayne Simpson and wife Joyce of Pine Bluff; three daughters, Carol Ann Moore and husband Leon of Monticello, Twylia Palmer and husband Johnny of Warren and Dewanda Denise Strong and husband Michael of Lacey; four brothers, Earston Wilson and wife Wanda of Monticello and Ordolph Wilson and wife Nazaree, Willie Earl Wilson and wife Elsie and Willie Charles and wife Mildred of Fountain Hill; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Mack Charles Simpson; her parents, Willie and Ruthie Franklin Wilson; three brothers, Dale, Adolphus and William Wilson; and one sister, Lilian Riley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 27, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello with Revs. Charles James and James Simpson officiating. Pallbearers are Kasey Simpson, Chance Simpson, Miqael Strong, Keith Moore, Corey Moore, Tavares Simpson, Robert Wilson and Brian Wilson. Arrangements are by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons and officers of First Baptist Church in Lacey. Guest book at www.cromwell-funeralhome.net.

Melba Maxwell Thomas

Melba Alice Maxwell Thomas, 81, of Crossett died Sunday, January 23, 2011, at Bienville Medical Center in Arcadia, LA. Born in Crossett on June 8, 1929, to Edgar Taylor and Eula Mae Harris Maxwell, Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker, a longtime employee of Howard Brothers and a member of Church of Christ. She loved to volunteer with AARP and the Pink Ladies Organizations. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Ashley County Genealogical Society and served on numerous local and regional community organization boards and committees.

Survivors include three sons, Rank Thomas and wife Marilyn of Minden, LA, Brett Thomas and wife Tonie of Houma, LA and Rhett Thomas of French Settlement, LA; one daughter, Cynthia Ann Fallin and husband Tommy of Homer, LA; one brother, Alan Maxwell of Crossett; one sister, Rose Walker of Crossett; twelve grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a special daughter-in-law, Cindy Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses M. Thomas; three brothers, Steve, Travis and Harris Maxwell; and one sister, Maxine Sturdivant.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, at the Crossett Church of Christ. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Edna S. West

Edna S. West, 101, of Crossett died Monday, January 17, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 27, 1909, to the late Edward Henry and Erva Ashlock Saeler, Mrs. West was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, a homemaker and an avid gardener.

Survivors include one son, Herman West and wife Lois of Crossett and Crowley, TX; four grandchildren, Steve Jones, Glen West, Kay Brawner and Lisa Harris; ten great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and special nieces, Lynn West Parker and husband Ricky, Karen Batchelor, Vickie Works and many other nieces and nephews. Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband, Joe West; her daughter, Joyce Strickland; five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 20, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to South Main Baptist Church, 2801 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Elouise Lochala Young

Elouise Lochala Young, 86, of Crossett died on Sunday, January 23, 2011. She was born on June 10, 1924, in Crossett, the ninth of ten children to her parents, Walter and Alabama Rickman Lochala. She was a housewife and a retired restaurant waitress. Mrs. Young enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, cooking and canning and was of the Assembly of God faith.

Survivors include two sons, Royce Young and wife Linda and Bennie Young and wife Rosemary; four granddaughters, Sandy McDill and husband Curtis, Jennifer Bailey, Holly Hamilton and Marcy Henslee and husband Donald; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Shirley Lochala, Rose Lochala and Helen Young; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jasper and Thelma Young; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her husband, Buel W. Young, in 2000 after 54 years of marriage; her parents; five brothers, Ira, Espie, Chester, W. J., and Curtis Lochala; and four sisters, Irene Langley, Eunice Estelle, Gladys Murphy and Onie Rickman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Glen Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity or church of one's choice. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

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