May 4

Gary Earl Cochran

Gary Earl Cochran, 66, of Portland died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mr. Cochran was born in Dumas on November 25, 1944, while his father was in the United States Army serving in the European Theater. When he was a year old, his family moved to Portland after his father returned from overseas. He graduated from Portland High School in 1962. In 1966 he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was a cattle, cotton, soybean and rice farmer. He was a member of the Portland Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years and later attended the Portland United Methodist Church. He was a former member and past president of the Portland School Board and he had served as president of the Portland Lions Club. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback Football fan. He also enjoyed gourmet cooking and grilling for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Pope Cochran of Portland; three daughters, Denise Castleberry of White Hall, Amy Jolly of Southaven, MS, and Haley Cochran of Reston, VA; a brother, Paul Cochran of Portland; and four grandchildren, Caitlin Alexandra Castleberry, Savannah Elizabeth Castleberry, Tristan Matthew Cochran-Thomas and William Cannan Cochran-Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl & Maxine Gary Cochran and an uncle, William Cochran.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Portland United Methodist Church with Revs. Terrie Lynn Bunnell and Carl Mason officiating. Burial was at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Thomas, Rob Castleberry, Robert Lee Jolly, George Rutledge, Scott Young and Emerson Perry. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Sadler, Billy Grimes, Benton Newcome, Bill Norsworthy and Mack Borgognoni.

Memorials may be made to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Katharina Gifford Hudson

Katharina Rembold Gifford Hudson, 72, of Fountain Hill died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born on April 15, 1939, in Burge, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Eleanor Dempf Rembold. She was a farmer and former Fountain Hill store owner, a member of Eden Baptist Church where she enjoyed her ladies Sunday School class, an avid fisherman, a member of the Valley EHC and loved to cook. When she moved from Germany she pursued legal citizenship in the United States.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Hudson of Fountain Hill; five sons, Karl Gifford and wife Dwyla and Mike Gifford and wife Debbie, all of Pumpkin Center, Jim Hudson and wife Denise, Doug Hudson and wife Donna and Larry Hudson and wife Lisa, all of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Barbara Lakin of California and Wally Frank of Germany; twelve grandchildren, Jake, Matthew, Nicholas, Jeremy, Todd, Justin, Heather, Whitney, Katie, Stephanie, Danielle and Melinda; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, J.W. Gifford; one daughter, Audrey Wallis; two sisters, Ella and Annie, a brother, Karl; and one grandchild, Samantha Hudson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Revs. Keith Hicks and Wayman Mann officiating. Pallbearers were Jim, Doug, Chad, Larry and Bryan Hudson and Wade Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Pollen, Day Bolin, Lance Kreamalmyer and Eugene Gifford. Burial followed services at the Sixteenth Section Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sixteenth Section Cemetery, c/o Margie Craig, 1125 Highway 172E, Wilmar, AR 71675. Guest book at stephensondearman.com.

Clyde Jamie McElroy

Clyde Jamie McElroy, 81, of Crossett died Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health & Rehab. Born on June 1, 1929, in Wynne to Willard and Gladys McElroy, he was a 1948 graduate of Wynne High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He joined the U. S. Air Force after graduation and became a staff sergeant in charge of the U. S. mail while stationed at Camp Stoneman near San Francisco, CA. He was senior postal supervisor of his unit from 1948 through 1952. After serving in the Air Force, he began working at the U. S. Postal Service in Crossett and retired from there in 1984 as superintendent of postal operations.

In 1954, he married the former Virginia Hagood of Crossett and joined the Southern Baptist Church she attended. He became very active in the music of many local churches and foreign mission fields including Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala. He led the singing at the Arkansas State Gideon Convention and he served for five years as dean of the children's camp of the Arkansas Baptist Assembly in Siloam Springs. He has served as minister of music, a member of the Gideon International; a Sunday school teacher and deacon of Magnolia Baptist Church and had also served as a member of the Crossroads Cemetery Board.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Hagood McElroy of Crossett; one son, Rusty McElroy and wife Sandra of Ashdown; one daughter, Susanne Ballard and husband Greg of Crossett; one sister, Willene Lovrien and husband Jerry of Cherry Valley; four grandchildren, Brittany and Hannah McElroy of Ashdown and Josh and Jeremy Ballard of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ralph Cox, Willard McElroy, Edmon McElroy and Ernest McElroy; and three sisters, Wilma Hughes, Margie McElroy and Pauline McElroy.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Rainey, Bill McLeod, Randy Townley, Billy Reynolds, Keith Cooper and Norman Swilley. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class, members of the Crossett-Hamburg Gideons International Camp, Glenn Hollis and deacons of Magnolia Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Albert Baldwin Moore, Jr.

Albert Baldwin (A. B.) Moore, Jr. 97, long time resident of Crossett, Arkansas, died April 28, 2011, in Richmond, Virginia. He was born May 29, 1913, in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of Albert Baldwin Moore and Henrietta Hunt Moore.

Mr. Moore was a retired employee of Georgia Pacific Corp. and was a past manager of the Crossett Paper Mill and of the Toledo, Oregon Paper Mill. He was the Mayor of Crossett from 1975 to 1978. He was also a past president of the Crossett Rotary Club, member since 1938 and past president of the Prairie Country Club of Crossett, a former Kiwanis Man of the Year and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for service to the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Moore was a 1934 chemical engineering graduate of the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett where he had served in many capacities including Chairman of the Board of Trustees and teacher of the Men's Bible Class. Mr. Moore was a World War II veteran of the United States Army, volunteering and serving in Europe until the end of the war. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Marguerite Potts Moore and his youngest son, Frank Miles Moore.

Mr. Moore's survivors include two sons, Albert Baldwin Moore, III and wife Roberta of Salem, Oregon, and Dr. William Francis Moore and wife Patricia of Richmond, Virginia; one daughter, Marian Hunt Moore of Richmond; two grandsons, Eric Albert Moore of Portland, Oregon, William Albert Moore of Richmond; two granddaughters, Erin Collette Moore of Richmond and Amanda Elisabeth Rich (James) of Salem, Oregon; two great granddaughters, Elisabeth Marguerite Rich and Victoria Grace Rich of Salem. Mr. Moore is also survived by Barbara Moore Morgan and her children Kerry Phillips, Traci Allen and husband Chuck and their children Jacob and Kennedy Allen, all of Crossett.

The service will be held Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett following a private interment at Pinewood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, May 6, at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett. Memorials may be sent to the Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church of Crossett, PO Box 738, Crossett, AR 71635.

Claudine Copeland Pamplin

Claudine Copeland Pamplin, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, she worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory for over 32 years and was a member of the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Laura Ann Mayo of Jefferson, GA; three sons, Ronnie Copeland of Crossett, Michael Bays of Hamburg and Charles W. Pamplin of Houma, LA; a stepson, William Jerry Pamplin of Pine Bluff; two stepdaughters, Brenda Joyce Singleton of Church Point, LA, and Audrey Ann Gober of Monroe, LA; two brothers, Robert F. Copeland of Mississippi and Louis Copeland of Crossett; a sister, Mary D. Nave of Monticello; 13 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Pamplin, in 1979; her parents, Claude Edward and Mary Fleming Copeland; and a sister, Bessie Louise Norrell.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, April 29, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Charles Perdue and James Fleming officiating. Burial was at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Copeland, Lance Copeland, Billy Pamplin, Nathan Copeland, Preston Mayo and Charlie Mayo.

Memorials may be made to the Crossroads Cemetery, c/o. Glenn Hollis, 916 Ashley Road 461, Hamburg, AR 71646. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Sammy Glen Sharp

Sammy Glen Sharp, 71, of Crossett died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at his residence. Born on March 29, 1940, in Adona to Robert and Ellen Sharp, he enjoyed music and playing the guitar and had written a couple of songs.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Sharp of Crossett; two sons, Ricky Lee and wife Darlene and Ralph Lee, all of Little Rock; grandchildren, Michelle Rhodes, Ashley Bagley and husband Grant, Zane Lee and wife Jessica, all of Benton, Ryan Lee of Wichita Falls, TX, and David Lee, Matthew Lee and John Michael Lee, all of Little Rock; and great-grandchildren, Mason Rhodes, Sean Rhodes and Kaylee Bagley of Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Sharp; and a sister, Donna Carter.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bob Perry officiating. Pallbearers were David Lee, Zane Lee, Robert Sutton, Tony Adcock, James Sharp and Daniel Sharp. Burial followed at the Extra Cemetery. www.jonesservice.com.

May 11

Wayne Dale Clay

Wayne Dale Clay, 75, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at his residence. Born on July 6, 1935, in Joy, AR, to the late Ervin and Opal Holden Clay, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed in England and in North Africa, serving as a military policeman. In Crossett, he coached t-ball and Little League baseball, worked as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Crossett and as a volunteer cameraman for the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop, recording their events for the telethon which was broadcast on local cable television. He enjoyed woodworking and was an expert chef who spent many hours barbecuing briskets for fundraisers which he organized for the Crossett and Hamburg Food Banks. Wayne and his wife were the frontrunners who prepared holiday meals for the elderly; this later became the local CYF project, which feeds over 200 local people at Thanksgiving each year. He was the owner of the local Montgomery Wards franchise, and he retired from the Reliable Insurance Company in 1990 due to illness.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Pamela Endsley Clay; six children, Leroy Clay and wife Cindy, Douglas Clay, Ted Clay and wife Patti, Jeannie Carter and husband Carl, Pamela Smith and husband Scott, and Nicholas Clay and wife Sarah; two brothers, Leon Clay and wife Shirley of Joy and James Clay and wife Virginia of Canton, OH; one sister, Barbara Hill and husband Don of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Rosary service was held at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. The funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, with burial following at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Grady White, Bobby McMahen, Michael Clay, Juan Juarez, Chris Parker and Dan Kersey. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2400 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Nora Howie Hart

Nora E. Howie Hart, 83, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Sunshine and a lifelong resident of Ashley County except for three years spent in Texas when she was a child, she was a 1945 graduate of Portland High School. She was church secretary-treasurer for most of her church life and a member of the North Crossett Friendship Pentecostal Church of God since 1979. She loved flowers.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Houston Hart of Hamburg; two daughters, Demaris A. Mills and husband George and Mary E. Macklin and husband, Paul; a grandson, George Houston Mills, all of Texarkana, AR; and close friends Linda Davey and Betsy Jarvis and her neighbors on East Foote Street. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim & Laura Fuglaär Howie.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Charles Perdue and John Perdue officiating. Burial followed at the the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Fulgham, Danny Thurman, Jerry Deal, Gerald Lauhon, Paul Brooks and Billy Jones.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God, 131 Shelton's Loop, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Retha W. Oden

Retha W. Oden, 92, of Crossett died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born on January 28, 1919, in Amity to the late Jerry and Maudie Burchfield.

Survivors include one son, Gary L. Oden and wife Glenda of Camden; four daughters, Jackie Mills and Sue Smith of Crossett, Rusty Holderfield and husband Bud of Woodlawn and Millie Connor and husband James of Jonesboro, LA; three brothers, Curtis Burchfield of Jacksonville, Dewey Burchfield of Memphis, TN, and Dee Burchfield of Marianna; one sister, Lavern Hughes of Donaldson; thirteen grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Garvin L. "Jack" Oden; five sisters, Melvie Burchfield, Iva Marshall, Ruby Vaughn, Roselee Vaughn and Glinna Gargus; two brothers, Bill Burchfield and Samuel Burchfield; two sons-in-law, Herman Mills and Jearl Smith; one grandchild, Joe Mills; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson Roy and Kenlee Grace Gilbert.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8, at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Bros. Justin Uselton and Don Vaughn officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Leland Mills, Tony Holderfield, Jason Holderfield, Greg Oden, Lance Oden and Ed Connor. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Rita Carpenter, Sherry Mills, Marilyn Smith, Becky Johnson, Lisa Anderson, Angie Gilbert and Janet Eppinette.

Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Eden Cemetery, C/o Sue Stanley, 747 Hwy 8 W, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Virgie Yoakam Rothenbush

Virgie M. Yoakam Rothenbush, 82, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on April 21, 1929, in Ione, WA, to the late George Francis and Alice Irene Bare Yoakam, Mrs. Rothenbush was an executive secretary for Georgia Pacific for 25 years and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Don Rothenbush of Crossett; one son, Richard Blain Clarke of Virginia; two stepsons, Peter Kvale of Oregon and Timothy Rothenbush of Texas; five stepdaughters, Beth Pierce of Oregon, Tina Kvale of Washington, Rachel Nunez of Tennessee, Deborah Wallace of Texas and Miriam Honold of Arkansas; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Monday, May 9, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Dean Clausen officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 581, Crossett, AR 71635.

Andy O'Neal Shaw, Jr.

Andy O'Neal Shaw, Jr., 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center. Born on May 23, 1929, in Nashville, AR, to the late Andy O'Neal and Morgan Price Shaw, he was a graduate of University of Tennessee, an U. S. Navy veteran, a pharmacist and owner of City Rexall, a VFW member and a lay preacher.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Shaw of Crossett; one son, Andy O'Neal Shaw, III, of Little Rock; two daughters, Deborah Shaw Akin of Crossett and Rhonda Kay Flemister of Monroe, LA; two brothers, John Thomas Shaw and Clyde Gerald Shaw, both of Monticello; five grandchildren, Allison Akin Bostwick, William Dustin Akin, Steven Jacob Shaw, Michael Ryan Flemister and Morgan Tyler Flemister; nine great-grandchildren, Amanda Akin Bostwick, Lauren Elizabeth Bostwick, Grace Leigh Bostwick, Madison Elizabeth Akin, William DeWitt Akin II, Steven Jacob Shaw, Andy O'Neal Shaw IV, Anna Shaw and Michael Carter Flemister. Mr. Shaw was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorene Hayes Shaw; a son, Mark Steven Shaw; and three brothers, Vaughn Henry Shaw, Paul Blackwood Shaw and Dwight LaRue Shaw.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Crossett Church of Christ with Jerry Martin, Billy Gammel and Lee Padilla officiating. Pallbearers were Harry Joe Tumlison, Oliver Griffin, Tommy Pahal, Lamar Gammel, Justin Green and Jerry Ray Hambrick. Honorary pallbearers were Leo Wright, Terrell Wise, Buddy Jenkins, Floyd Lott, Joe Friend and Bob Porter. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Memphis School of Preaching, 3950 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, TN 38125 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Joyce Bays Sullins

Joyce Carolyn Bays Sullins, 69, of Bella Vista died Monday, May 2, 2011, after a brief illness. She was the recipient of a bilateral lung transplant in 1998. Born on August 21, 1941, in Crossett to the late James Leslie and Mary Ellen Jones Bays, she was a Methodist, a member of Chapter DH, PEO, in Bella Vista and a former member of Chapter D in Blytheville. She served on numerous committees in Blytheville and Bella Vista, was instrumental in establishing the Blytheville Leadership Institute and the PRIDE Committee in Blytheville and was a former member of the PRIDE Committee of Bella Vista. She was a past executive director of the United Way of Greater Blytheville. She loved watching the deer, foxes and numerous other animals visiting her yard.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. John Sullins of Bella Vista; two daughters, Deborah Kay Brown and husband Ed of Rogers and Mary Leslie Wingate and husband Steve of Dallas, TX; a son, Paul John Sullins and wife Amy of Dell; a sister, Peggy Burt of Diboll, Texas; a brother-in-law, Neal Sullins and wife Nanette of Seattle, WA; a sister-in-law, Jane Olson and husband John, of Manchester, MA; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Bays; a nephew and a brother in law, Felton Burt of Diboll, Texas.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Friday, May 6, in the Crossroads Cemetery with Rev. Terrie Lynn Bunnell officiating.

The family requests that any memorials planned be made in Joyce's name to the Arkansas Northeastern College Foundation, Post Office Box 1109, Blytheville, AR 72315. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com,

Rose Maxwell Walker

Rose E. Maxwell Walker, 94, of Crossett died on Monday, May 2, 2011. Born on January 19, 1917, to Edgar Taylor and Eula Mae Harris Maxwell, Mrs. Walker was a retail sales clerk working in several stores in Crossett including Sterlings, Beal's and Wests. She was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for several years. Rose had many hobbies including crocheting, liquid embroidery, flower arranging and reading.

Survivors include two sons, William Taylor Walker and wife Janet of Brandon, FL, and Julian Walker of Crossett; three daughters, Rose Carolyn Duke of Hope, Janie Moore and husband Al of LaGuna Park, TX, and Sharon Payne and husband Eddie of Crossett; her brother, Alan Maxwell and wife Glenda of Crossett; ten grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death were her husband, James T. Walker; her parents, three brothers, Harris, Travis and Steve Maxwell; two sisters, Maxine Sturdivant and Melba Thomas; and two granddaughters, Scarlett Roseanne Walker and Lynnette Payne Porter.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jim Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were her nephews, Dennis, Glen, Keith and David Maxwell, Rank, Rhett and Brett Thomas and Mike, John and Robert Sturdivant. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. On line guest book is available at www.jonesservice.co.

May 18

Billy Allison, Sr.

Billy Allison, Sr., 64, of Crossett died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. A native of Dermott and a resident of Crossett for the past 40 years, he worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 39 ½ years. He was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church and the White Oak Hunting Club and an avid Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Theresa Poplin Allison of Crossett; a son, Bill Allison, Jr., of Crossett; a daughter, Michelle Allen and husband Bryan of Conway; a brother, Charles Johnson of Conway; four sisters, Margaret Brannon and husband Andy of Dermott, Lulu Mitchell and husband Bill of White Hall, Paula Wilson and husband David of Monticello and Wanda Williams and husband Mike of Winchester; and two grandsons, Bryson and Brayden Allen of Conway. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erston and Virginia Smith Allison; and a brother, Jimmy Allison.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 14, in the Crossroads Cemetery with Rev. Jody Gannaway and John Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Allison, Brad Burchfield, Bill Mitchell, Bryan Allen, Cliff Gee and Darren Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Archie Burchfield, David Wilson, Andy Brannon, Mike Williams, Wesley Cross, Terry Hammond, II, Donald Joe Crowell and Bodi Ozment.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Michelle Brisby

Michelle Brisby, 26, of Russellville died Friday, May 13, 2011, in Russellville. A native of Little Rock, a resident of Russellville for the past five years and a former resident of Arlington, Texas, she was Lutheran.

She is survived by a son, Christopher Michael Brisby; her parents, Bill and Judy Sledge Brisby; a brother, Luke Brisby, all of Fountain Hill; two half brothers, Jason Brisby of Fort Worth, Texas, and William Brisby, Jr., of Corinth, Texas; three sisters, Tasha Hessum of Little Rock, Deborah Hadley of Cabot and Sarah Brisby of Dallas, Texas; her maternal grandmother, Jewel Sledge of Dermott; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date

Cremation arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Ernest D. Johnson, Sr.

Ernest D. Johnson, Sr., 92, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home. Born October 16, 1918, in Cravens, LA, a son of the late George Washington "Washie" Johnson and Nettie Perkins Johnson, he was a retired paint contractor with 35 years of service, a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran serving in the 12th Calvary and Horseshoe Calvary.

Survivors are his wife, LeFreda Johnson, whom he married July 21, 2000; three sons, Ernest Johnson, Jr., of Kinafick, TX, Joshua Johnson of Splendora, TX, and Cory Johnson of Cleveland, TX; one daughter, Joyce Kingkaid of Seabrook, TX; four stepsons, James Miller and spouse Patricia and Kevin Miller and spouse Renee of Crossett, Jason Fails and spouse Cynthia of Cleveland, TX, and Troy Fails of Splendora, TX; five stepdaughters, Joann Christy and spouse Chris and Martha Jean Herrington and spouse Michael of Crossett, Sandra Scarborough and spouse Jerry and Cynthia Davis and spouse Wayne of Splendora, TX, and Bridgette Fails of Amarillo, TX; one brother, Franklin Johnson of Pitkin, LA; one sister, Zelle Nichols of Lavender, LA; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death were sons Jerry Johnson and Richard Johnson, a daughter, Helan Fingleman; a stepson, David Miler; and brothers Earl Johnson, Roy Johnson, Archie Johnson, Arthur Johnson and Kelly Johnson.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with burial at the Carlock Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.

Earl K. Phillips

Earl K. Phillips, 62, of Hot Springs Village died Thursday, May 12, 2011. Born on December 20, 1948, in Crossett to Dovie Phillips and James Phillips, he graduated from Crossestt High School in 1967 and received a BS in chemistry from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 1971. He served in the United States Army National Guard.

He worked in the forest products industry for over 40 years and had several patents accredited to him. His professional career enabled him and his family to move a few times over the past 39 years together. His career also allowed him to travel throughout the United States and abroad. He was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Patricia Phillips; one daughter, Shana Raymond and husband Gerald of Benton; one brother, Marty Phillips and wife Ann of Crossett; his mother Dovie Phillips of Crossett; two grandchildren, Haley and Brandon; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Beech Street Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were J. T. Ross, David Edney, Mike Hollis, Jim Bob Godwin, Billy Joe Rouse and Chris Head. www.jonesservice.com

Memorials may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.

I. G. Riley, Jr.

I.G. Riley, Jr., 91, of Hamburg died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of the Berea community outside of Hamburg and a lifelong resident of Hamburg and the Promise Land community, he was an U. S. Army veteran of the Pacific Theater in World War II. He worked for Georgia-Pacific's forestry unit for over 40 years and was the oldest active member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Higginbotham Riley of Hamburg; three daughters, Martha Jo Taber of Little Rock, Shirley White and husband Ervin of Hamburg and Linda Sue Longria and husband Jose of Grapevine, TX; six grandchildren, Stephanie Hill, Teresa Morgan, Ervin White, Jr., Melanie Zoernor, Jenny Brancheau and Nick Longria; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira G., Sr., and Lula Bell Stanley Riley; three brothers, James "Red" Clark, Claude, Sr., and Fred Riley; and a son-in-law, Arvil Taber.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese and Trey Emory officiating with burial at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Bruce Jones, Larry Collins, Ronnie Coulter, Harold Glenn Smith, Frank Higginbotham, Keith Gifford and Charles "Bull" Wells. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. www.jones-hartshorn.com\

Debra Ann Pippen

Debra Ann Stuard Pippen, 58, of Crossett died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at her home. Born on April 23, 1953, in San Antonio, TX, to J. T. and Betty Jane Frazer Stuard, she was a licensed insurance agent and a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Monticello.

Survivors include four sons, Lonnie Pippen and wife Louise, James Pippen, Larry Pippen and wife Stephanie and Jason Pippen, all of Crossett; two daughters, Suzann Sawyer and husband Brad of Lacey and Cassie Johnson of Warren; a brother, Randy Stuard of Warren; two sisters, Connie Turner of Sherman, TX, and Beverly Smith of Warren; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond James Pippen; and a daughter, Ela Pippen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Tim McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Junior Simpson

Junior Simpson, 77, of Crossett died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his residence. A native of Portland, a 40 year resident of Chicago and a resident of Crossett for the last 16 years, he was retired from M&M Mars Candy Company in Chicago and was a Baptist. He enjoyed riding horses, playing cards, shooting pool, and washing and waxing his cars.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosie Bryant Simpson; two sons, Robert Bell of Chicago and Earnest Bryant and wife Annie of Crossett; three brothers, Tony Simpson, Reese Simpson, and Gilbert Simpson; two sisters, Sharon Simpson and Karen Simpson, all of San Francisco, CA; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lucille Polite Simpson; and one sister, Lillie Mae Poe.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Portland #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Cleo Bethea officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Bryant, James C. Polite, Earnest Bryant, Robert Bell, Grady Rush, and Carl Rush. Burial was in Portland #2 Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Lillie Mae Webb

Lillie Mae Perdue Webb, 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 5, 1929, in Lawson to Colon and Lillian Ophelia Beasley Perdue, Mrs. Webb was a sales clerk and attended the First Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Land of Crossett and Cindy Webb of Burkett, TX; three grandchildren, Sunny Westerman, Joey Westerman and Sam "Trey" Land; and two great-grandchildren, Kimberly Land and Trent Land. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Dan M. Webb; a brother, William J. Perdue; and a granddaughter, Renee Westerman.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the First Church of God.

Pallbearers were Alan Swan, Steven Riles, Scotty Thornton, Darren Lansdale, Donald Matthews and Allen Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Smith and Herman White. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Velma Frisby Wilson

Velma L. Frisby Wilson, 91, of Crossett died Friday, May 13, 2011. Born on May 2, 1920, in Strong to James and Elvira Dopson Perry, Mrs. Wilson had been a clerk. She liked quilting, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include two sons, Ben Frisby and wife Diane of New Summerville, TX, and David Frisby and wife Frances of Monticello; one daughter, Ruth Miller and husband Charles of Crossett; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Rev. Zeke Frisby and Jeffie Wilson; one son, John Frisby; one daughter, Mary Walthall; six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, at First Assembly of God Church with Bros. Charles Miller and Charles Perry officiating.

Pallbearers were Johnny Walthall, Laron Burke, Sammy Curran, Wesley Jones, Jessie Walthall, Robert Fletcher and Philip Wisecarver. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jones service.com.

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Nancy McArthur Harris

Nancy McArthur Harris, 74, of Crossett died Thursday, May 19, 2011. Born on September 20, 1936, in Hamburg to Ellis and Addie Kelley McArthur, Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and had played and coached women's softball in the past. She enjoyed making soap and working in her yard. Mrs. Harris was active in a jail ministry. She was a member of First Baptist Church and had taught Sunday school and Bible classes.

Survivors include: her husband of 56 years, J. W. Harris of Crossett; one son, Paul Harris of Crossett; one daughter, Lisa Galloway of Hot Springs; two brothers, John McArthur and wife Vonda of Fresno, CA, and Walter McArthur of Hamburg; one sister, Linda Haygood and husband Wayne of Crossett; two grandchildren, Rachel Harris and Josh Harris; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Shelly Harris; and two grandchildren, Eric and Jeremy Ross.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, May 23, at Jones Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. www.jonesservice.com,

Shannon James Hill

Shannon James Hill, 32, of Mountain View died Thursday, May 19, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident in West Virginia. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Mountain View for the past year and a half and a former resident of Batesville, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1996. He was a pipeline construction superintendent for Kirvard, Inc., and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. He loved playing music, hunting, fishing and the Hogs.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Wallace Hill; four daughters, Waylon Hill, Abbey Hill and Brianna Hill of Mountain View and Alyssa Hill of Vilonia; his parents, Buddy and Tammy Pippin Hill of Highland; a brother, Seth Hill and wife Miranda of Little Rock; a sister, Shawnna Hill of Batesville; his grandfather, James Ivan Pippin of Florida; a nephew, Dylan McCain; and a niece, Chloe Stratton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Billy and Carolyn Hill and Phyllis Pippin; and a cousin, Billy Hill.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Houston Thomas and Michael Reese officiating. Burial will be in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers are Trey Hawkins, Richard Shelton, Seth Hill, Trey Tubbs, Joey Kilcrease, Justin Wallace, Todd Kirkland, Drew Wheeler and Cameron Woods. Honorary pallbearers are Greg Moyers, Cliff Ladd and Casey Kilcrease.

Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnne Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

J. D. Hollis

J. D. Hollis, 80, of Fountain Hill died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Longview and a resident of Fountain Hill for most of his life, he worked for The Crossett Company and Georgia-Pacific Corp. for 42 years. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church and an avid hunter, fisherman and farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorotha Dahling Hollis of Fountain Hill; a son, Terry Hollis of Hamburg; three daughters, Becky Neeley and husband Paul of Monticello, Kathy Amos of Fountain Hill and Cindy White of Crossett; four brothers, Ralph and Harold Hollis of Fountain Hill, Jack Hollis of Huntsville, AL, and Paul Hollis of Blytheville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard and Gertrude Stanley Hollis; and a brother, W.L. Hollis.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Zion United Methodist Church with Revs. Lane Amos and Keith Wesson officiating. Burial was at the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Amos, Adam Amos, Shane Amos, Josh Hollis, Paul Neeley, Alex Stahley, Chris Hollis and Steven Hollis. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Phillips, John Brown, Herb Parker, Charles Ralph Hollis and Jerry Wilkerson.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Cemetery Association, c/o Annette Bates, 212 McMahan, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Willie Miller, Jr.

Willie "Man" Miller, Jr., 53, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Fountain Hill, but lived in Crossett for 43 years. He was employed as a mechanic at Chuck's Auto Shop in Crossett and was a member of the Living Word C.O.G.I.C.

He is survived by his father, Willie B. Miller of Milwaukee, WI , two brothers, James "Tom" Miller and Tyron "Ty" Miller of Dallas, TX; four sisters, Louise Tucker and husband Curtis of Crossett and Linda Duke, Betty Brown, and Dorothy Miller of Dallas; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary "Kate" Daniels-Miller.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Living Word C.O.G.I.C. with Elder Joe Mosley and Supt. Joe Mason officiating. Visitation with be Wednesday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers are T. J. Goodwin, Nakia Tucker, Charles Jacob, Chuck Brown, Chad Sims, and James Lee. Honorary pallbearers are the Crossett High School class of 1976. Burial will be in Mt. Pelium Cemetery near Longview in Drew County. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Boyd Mack Naron, Sr.

Boyd Mack Naron, Sr., 80, of Monticello died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at The Woods Rehab and Nursing Facility in Monticello. He was born May 29, 1930, in Line to the late Claude Alphus Naron and Linnie Pearl Griffin Naron. He was a retired Vietnam War U.S. Air Force veteran, a 32nd degree Mason, loved building furniture, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of Old Troy Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Anne Hoppers Naron of Monticello; three sons, Boyd Mack Naron, Jr., of Sacramento, CA, Edward Morris Naron of Monticello and Adrian Mitchell Naron of Houston Texas; one brother, Herman Leroy Naron of Montgomery, AL; one sister, Dorothy Ann Naron Pledger of Caddo Gap; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jerry Mearle Donaldson Naron; one daughter, Patricia Marlene Naron Irons; one brother, Richard Thomas Naron; and two sisters, Joyce Marie Naron Ricks and Nina June Naron Cameron.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Revs. Michael Griffith and Wayman Man officiating.

Pallbearers were Phillip Hoppers, Jimmy D. Orrell, Sonny Donaldson, Mark Barnes, Rufus Henson and Dale Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were David and Chris Maxwell, Jimmy Palmer, Jr., David Carpenter and James Tew. Burial, with military honors, followed at the Pleasant Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 902 West Second, Little Rock, AR 72201 or the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207. Guest book at www.stephensondearman.com.

Clifton Eugene Oliver

Clifton Eugene Oliver, 40, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a Baptist and loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by two sons, Dillon Oliver of Arkadelphia and Cory Wadell of Des Moines, IA; two daughters, Breanna Oliver of Arkadelphia and Miranda Oliver of Des Moines; his mother, Dorothy Pledger and husband George of Caddo Gap; his father, Cleatus Oliver of Southhaven, MS; six sisters, Patty Smith of Caddo Gap, Pamela Smith and husband William of Glenwood, Sharon Browning of Gurdon, Michelle Parks and husband Jeremy of Aimes, IA, Robbin Russell of Little Rock and Natasha Meyers of Southhaven; six nieces, seven nephews and a host of other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Joyce Bly Pennington

Joyce M. Bly Pennington, 80, of Hamburg died Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Big Spring, TX, and a resident of Hamburg and the Milo community since 1963, she was a homemaker and a Tupperware representative. She was a member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and youth leader for many years. She was one of the founders of the Trinity Christian Academy and a foster grandparent there. She loved cooking.

She is survived by two sons, Micky Pennington and wife Gail of Lake Village and Rick Pennington and wife Donna of Bastrop, LA; a daughter, Vickie Stafford and husband Jimmy Don of Crossett; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Pennington, in 2008; her parents, Wallace and Rose Shaw Bly; a sister, Nelda Rose Grant; and three brothers, Wallace Bly, Jr., Connie Ray Bly and Harry Lee Bly.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. John Williams and Dale Doss officiating. Burial was in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were Reagan Craig, Jimmy Pennington, Gerry Rodgers, Ronnie Rodgers, Donald Stafford and Denton Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Craig, Bruce Pennington, Ronnie Pennington and Doyle Book. Memorials may be made to the M. C. and Joyce Pennington Scholarship Fund, c/o Trinity Christian Academy, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Delana Shryee Stafford

Delana Shyree Anne Stafford, infant daughter of Joseph and Devon Morris Stafford, died Thursday, May 19, 2011.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandmother, Brenda Stafford of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Tom and Carrie Morris of Wilmot; her great-grandparents, Richard and Lana Weatherly of Wilmot; two aunts, Laurie Kilcrease of Hamburg and Chrisann Morris; and a uncle, Thomas Morris of Wilmot. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Billy Wayne Stafford, and her paternal great-grandmother, Bonita Ann Pertuis.

Grave-side services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Rev. Bill Bearden officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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