April 3

Larry C. Adams, Sr.

Larry C. Adams, Sr., 70, of Crossett died Friday, March 22, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at the John McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. Born to Howard Adams and Emma Adams-Stambaugh on March 20, 1943, in Paris, Texas, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Camden. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1962 and retired from the International Paper in Camden and loved racing cars, motorcycles and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Larry C. Adams, Jr., and wife Laurel Adams of Cabot and Tim Curfman of Honolulu, HI; two stepdaughters, Linda Furgerson of Crossett and Dana Hurst and husband Keith Hurst of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, David Adams of Dallas, TX, Hailey and Lane Furgerson of Crossett and Hannah and Hayden Hurst of Fayetteville; a brother, Niles Adams of Little Rock; and a sister, Kathy Nail of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen Adams; and two brothers, Mike and Richard Adams.

A memorial service will be held for the family with Bro. Lyle Hern. Arrangements were by Cremation Association of Arkansas.

Joy Reyne Dillard

Joy Reyne Dillard, 54, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Dermott, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Prior to her illness, she was a junior high science teacher at Jack Robey Junior High School in Pine Bluff. She was a 1976 graduate of Dermott High School and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a former Lady Razorback and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She taught in schools in Parkdale, Eudora, Elkins and Pine Bluff. She worked with the youths at Full Counsel Church and served as president of the Chicot County Burial Association with Dillard Funeral Home. She enjoyed teaching, reading, her church and family.

She is survived by her father and step-mother, John W. and Bettye Dillard of Dermott; two sisters, Johnetta Dillard-Walker and husband Reginald of Atlanta, GA, and Marian Johneice Dillard-Black and husband Jarrod of Dermott; one stepbrother, Marvin Jones of Dermott; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Maude Etta "Doll" Dillard; one brother, John W. Dillard, Jr.; her paternal grandparents, Willie and Ada Dillard; and her maternal grandparents, M. E. and Cornelius Davis.

Funeral services are at 12 noon Saturday, April 6, at Full Counsel Church, 513 S. Cherry, Pine Bluff, with Pastor Vincent Johnson, officiating. Active pallbearers are Dexter Davis, Jarrod Black, Reginald Walker, Curtis Hilliard, Larry Robinson, Larry Stewart, Marvin Jones and Fernando Spraglin. Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery in Dermott under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Visitation will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at St. Paul Baptist Church on West Iowa Street in Dermott.

Joe Nathan Hicks

Joe Nathan Hicks, 53, of Little Rock died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at John H. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital. A native of Portland, he was raised in Dermott, had lived in Milwaukee, WI, and Memphis, TN, and had lived in Little Rock for the past three years. He was a former factory laborer and served his country in the United States Army. He enjoyed cooking, watching sports, especially football, and talking to family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Novella Caldwell Hicks; his stepson, Tarence Caldwell of Milwaukee, WI; his father, Nathan Hicks of Kenosha, WI; his mother, Evelyn Cleary of Dermott; three sisters, Patricia Simmons and husband Ronald of Killeen, TX, Patricia Hicks of Kenosha, WI, and Carlene Hicks of Greenville, MS; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Clara Carolina, and his paternal grandparents, Earl and Lillie Hicks.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Cromwell Funeral Home with Eld. Ray Woods officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Joe Brown, Eric Moseby, Edwin Moseby, Larry Jones, Lee Edward Plummer and Raymond Block. Honorary pallbearer was Trey Carolina. Burial followed services at the Evergreen Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Willie Earl Jacob, Jr.

Willie Earl Jacob, Jr., 65, of Hamburg died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a self-employed auto salvage dealer, a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and served his country in the United States Army. Very involved in the community, he served as a Hamburg City Councilman for 12 years, on the Hamburg Community Clean-up Committee and the Juneteenth Committee. He also served as Sunday School Superintendent at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church for 15 years. He enjoyed eating at the coffee shop, talking with friends and mentoring young men in his community.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mae Sue Jacob; two sons, Derrick Jacob of Bastrop, LA, and Corey Scales of Hamburg; one daughter, Stephanie Yarbrough of Hamburg; his mother, Sarah Jacob of Hamburg; his stepmother, Ellawease Jacob of Monticello; five brothers, Willie James Jacob and wife Carol of Kansas City, MO, Earnest "Pete" Jacob of Little Rock, Charles Jacob of Hamburg, Bobby Robinson and wife Betty of Little Rock and Lonnie Walker of Monticello; four sisters, Willie Mae Rogers of Compton, CA, and Regina Jacob, Sheila Jacob and Margie Lundy of Monticello; ten grandchildren and a host of other family, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Earl Jacob, and one brother, Bruce Jacob.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Revs. Gwain Hammock, Cindy Robinson and Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Walter Jenkins, Curtis Howard, Robert Scates, John Ware, Hollis McQuay and Johnny Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were the Mt. Zion Men's Sunday School Class and the Hamburg City Council members. Burial was in the Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Corbia Glynn Lochala

Corbia Glynn Lochala, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on August 26, 1932, in Crossett to his parents Corbie E. and Mary Blanche Smith Lochala, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He retired from the Georgia Pacific pole yard and was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Matthew Glynn Lochala and wife Tammy of Crossett; one daughter, Bennie Lochala Blakemore and husband Joe of El Paso, AR; and three grandchildren, John, Joseph and Steven Lochala. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ella Jean Erwin Lochala.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Larry Hickman officiating. Burial will follow at Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Bettye Huffty Melton

Bettye Huffty Melton, 81, of Wilmot died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Kilbourne, Louisiana, a resident of Wilmot for many years and a former resident of Monroe, LA, and Starkville, MS, she was a district manager for the Avon Company. She was a former member of the Wilmot City Council and had been involved with the Wilmot Flotilla and many other civic activities. She was a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Layne Melton of Benton; three grandchildren, Melissa Melton, Luke Melton and Meredith Andrews; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcia McKenzie; her parents, Howard and Grace Fox Huffty; and three brothers, Harold, Jake and Buddy Huffty.

A grave-side service was planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Honorary pallbearers were to be Clinton Harris, Lorenzo Woods, Jaron Andrews, Mark McCain and Danny Sims. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Rebecca Louise Myers

Rebecca Louise Myers, 68, of Crossett died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Pinewood Health & Rehabilitation. Born on March 17, 1945, in Booneville to N. B. and Eloise Barnes Key, Mrs. Myers was a Baptist and attended Mountain Home Baptist Church in Mountain Home. She was a school teacher and volunteered with the refugees, loved to write friends and family and enjoyed working with flowers.

Survivors include two brothers, Paul Key and wife Maria of Picayune, MS, and John Key and wife Beverly of Crossett; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Morris Myers, and a brother, Nathan Key.

A grave-side service was planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Tyro Cemetery in Tyro with Bro. Robert Davis officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones service.com.

Bobby Joe "B. J." Rice, Jr.

Bobby Joe "B. J." Rice, Jr., 33, of Hamburg died Wednesday, March 27, 2013. at his residence. He was a native of Montrose, a former construction worker and enjoyed riding four wheelers, horses and fishing.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Lane Rice of Harrisburg; his mother, Carolyn Burns Swan and his stepfather, James Squier, Sr., of Montrose; four brothers, Johnny Rice and wife Carla of Monticello, Bobby Wayne Rice of Alabama and James Squier and Joseph Squier Dover, DE; four sisters, Carolina Nichols and husband Craig of Montrose, Barbara Reynolds and husband Michael of Dover, DE, Renee Ferrell and husband Tommie of Johnsville and Julie Kinnard and husband Phil of Fountain Hill; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Joe Rice; his maternal grandparents, Henry and Marie McCurdy Burns; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Rice.

The remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. A family visitation was held Saturday, March 30, at the funeral home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Cleo Smith

Cleo Smith, 71, of Crossett died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at South Arkansas Medical Center in El Dorado. Born on December 6, 1941, to the late Leon Smith Lee, Sr., and Susie Lee Floyd in Parkdale, he graduated from Slack LaGrand High School in 1960. He was an ambulance driver for Jones Funeral Home of Crossett for several years and was employed with Georgia Pacific for 40 years. He was an active member of the usher board and served as chairman of the deacon board at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ. He loved all sports but especially enjoyed spending his time coon or deer hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Spencer Smith; four children, Linda Kidd of Atlanta, GA, Daryl Smith of Crossett, Constance Fields and husband Michael of Lumberton, NC, and Cleo Smith and wife Monetta of Texarkana; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, Leon Smith Lee, Jr., of Milwaukee, WI; four sisters, Barbara Davis and husband Merrell and Cora Lee-Palmer of Milwaukee, Rose Mary Lee-Tucker of San Francisco, CA, and Ester Gilbert and husband Charlie of Eudora; one uncle, Jasper Smith of Los Angeles, CA; one aunt, Lillie Bilsberry and husband Charles of Detroit, MI; one sister- in-law, Faye Pam and husband Jessie of Crossett, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Willie George Smith and Thurston Charles Lee.

Services were at 12 noon Saturday, March 30, at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Supt. Robert D. Rudolph, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were James Adams, Ricky and Ralph Matheney, George Leach, Jessie Pam and Nick Washington. Honorary pallbearers were Dary Lee Smith, Cleo Demetrius Smith, Jacob Bass, LaToris Kidd Woods, William Davison and Charles Scales. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

Lottie Mae Skipper

Lottie Mae Skipper, 96, of McGehee died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the McGehee Hospital. She was a native of Chicot County, a homemaker and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

She is survived by six sons, Rev. Andrew Bess and wife Barbara of Pine Bluff, Legusta Bess, Jr., Theo Skipper, II, and Rev. Lonnie Bess, Sr., all of Kansas City, KS, Bruce Bess of Kansas City, MO, and Gregory Bess of McGehee; a grandson she raised as her own, Theo Skipper, III, of McGehee; two daughters, Claudette Greene and Deborah Williams of Kansas City, KS; one brother, Roger Greene and wife Edmonia of Montrose; 24 numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mrs. Skipper was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Theola "T.S." Skipper; two sons, Rev. Howard Bess and Rev. Byron Bess; her parents, Wesley and Mary Thompson Greene; and three sisters, Ozell Davis, Dora Hudspeth and Versie Williams.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at McGehee Chapel Baptist with Rev. Darren J. Buffington officiating. Pallbearers are Alvin Huskey, Jr., Lewis Watson, Doc Croom, Roosevelt Huskey, Curtis Vincent and Charles Beasley. Honorary pallbearers are Phil Skipper, II, Lonnie Bess, Sr., Legusta Bess, Bruce Bess, Gregory Bess, Andrew Bess, Sr., and Phil Skipper, III. Burial will follow at the Strickland Memorial Lawns Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Fay Cockrell Smith

Fay Cockrell Smith, 78, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, March 25, 2013. She was a homemaker and a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Wyatt Smith; two children, Tammy Smith Little and husband Archie of Bastrop and Shane Smith and wife Carmen of Hamburg; a brother, Dosher Cockrell and wife Gloria of Bastrop; a twin brother, Ray Cockrell and wife Bobbie of Rison; six grandchildren, Cara Ladd, Jacob Smith, Trent Little, Ty Smith, Genea Little and Tristan "Punky" Smith; and five great-grandchildren. Dawson Ladd, Daityn Ladd, Dax Ladd, Trevor Smith and Daxe Smith. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her father, Dent Cockrell; her mother, Billie Gregory; and her stepmother, Virginia Matthews Perryman.

Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. James Thompson officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Jacob Smith, Ty Smith, Trent Little, Hunter Smith, Hunter Thompson, Dawson Ladd and Quint Couey. Arrangements were by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Guest book at www.goldenfh.com.

Obituaries Published April 10

Millie Austin

Millie Austin, 61, of Montrose died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at her residence. A native of Delhi, LA, and a resident of Montrose for 41 years, she graduated from Lakeside High School in Lake Village in 1969. Vice president of Parkway Bank, she retired in 2006 after 23 years of service. She was a member of the Portland Baptist Church where she was active in her Sunday School class and the Mission Friends.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Emory W. Austin of Montrose; a daughter, Ashley Boreani and husband Chris of Newark; a son, Nick Austin and wife Kasey of Shreveport, LA; her mother, Sue Worthey Patrick of Lake Village; three brothers, Lee Otis Patrick, Jr., and John Wayne Patrick of Montrose and Ronnie "Slim" Patrick of Lake Village; her brother-in-law, Steve Moss of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Lauren and Rachel Boreani and Henry Austin; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Otis Patrick, Sr.; a sister, Suzzie Moss; and a brother, Joseph Patrick.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Carl Mason and Jimmy Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Matthews, Bob Young, Chris Lampkin, Jerry Bayliss, Johnny Matthews and Wilburn Austin. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Lawrence, Jerry Selby, Roy Alexander, Ron Miller and Santo Olivi. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Anis Tucker Bittle

Anis Tucker Bittle, 84, of Monticello died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at The Woods Nursing and Rehab in Monticello. Born May 31, 1928, in Ashley County to the late Frank and Pearl Wilcoxon Tucker of the Promise Land community outside Hamburg, she was a member of the Enon Baptist Church, retired from Wells Lamont Glove Factory after 30 years, and was a homemaker.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Ervin Bittle and wife Carolyn, Trezy Bittle and Finis Bittle and wife Patsy of Monticello; two daughters, Vanelane DeFir Harrison and husband Ben of Monticello and Elaine Oglethorpe and husband Clarence of El Dorado; two brothers, James D. Tucker and Clifton L. Tucker and wife Judy of Crossett; a niece, Peggy Jackson of Wichita, KS, who was like a sister. She also had ten grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Finnis F. Bittle, after 42 years of marriage, four brothers, one sister and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Enon Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating with burial in Enon Cemetery. Pallbearers are Wayne Beaty, Dewayne Beaty, David Flemister, Chris Hales, Rodney Wishard and Jessie Griffin. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.

LaDon Brantley

LaDon Brantley, 77, of Crossett died on Friday, April 5, 2013. Born on October 4, 1935, in Crossett to Dan and Hazel Roberts Brantley, he was a paper maker for Georgia Pacific. He was a member of the Ashley County Cattlemen's Association and was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Doyle Brantley.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Allee Brantley of Crossett; a daughter, Belinda Carter and husband Buddy of Hamburg; a son, Mike Brantley of Crossett; a sister, Evelyn Jordan of Crossett; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

The family requests that memorials to Stonegate Health & Rehabilitation, 118 Jerry Selby Dr., Crossett, AR 71635 or to a charity of choice.

Daylon Devon Crain

Daylon Devon Crain, 7, of Crossett died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He lived in Crossett all his life, was a student at Anderson Elementary School and was a member of Hunter's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Daylon was an active first grader and enjoyed singing in the youth choir at Hunter's Chapel, riding his bike and playing basketball and softball.

He is survived by his mother, Earnestine Crain of Crossett; his father, Norris Brandon of Rison; one brother, Keyshad Hendrix of Crossett; one sister, Madasyn Leaks of Crossett; his maternal grandparents, Troy and Patsy Webb of Crossett and Bama Ballace of Rison; and a host of family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Earnest Johnikin; and his great-grandmother, Laralie White.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Wilton Baines, officiating. Pallbearers were Roy V'onta Taylor, Terez Thrower, Wayne Wright, Reshard Jasper, Chance Rogers and Carlis Williams. Honorary pallbearers are the Anderson first grade class. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfunera lhome.net.

Charles William Green

Charles William Green, 77, of Crossett died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born September 21, 1935, in Arkadelphia to William Dudley Green and Fern Blanche Green, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific and also served in the National Guard and Civil Air Patrol. He was also a substitute teacher in the Crossett School District and had worked as a night security guard at UAM-CTC. He was an avid sports fan, former umpire, and loved the Razorbacks and Louis L'Amour books. He was a member and deacon of First United Pentecostal Church of Hamburg.

Survivors include two sons, Carl Green and wife Letha and Damone Green of Crossett, one daughter, Denise McAdory of West Monroe, LA; seven grandchildren, Dakota Green, Bryson Green, James Blake Knight, Chris Choat, Anna Choat, Meghan Stephenson and Shawn Choat; three brothers, Don Green and wife Marcia of Calhoun, LA, Larry Green and wife Glenda of Gosnell and Allen Green and wife Shirley of Star, NC; along with many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Green and one brother, James Douglas Green.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Medders Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Charles Townsend, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the funeral home. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen Iorio

Kathleen Iorio, 58, of Crossett died peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock after a long battle with breast cancer. A native of New York City, she moved to Crossett with her husband in 1976 where they lived and raised their family. She enjoyed her work at Alltel and Ideal True Value in Crossett, and most recently at Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop, LA.

Survivors include husband of 38 years, Vincent P. Iorio of Crossett; two daughters, Stephanie Iorio Minnis and husband Shawn of North Little Rock and Karissa Iorio Williams and husband David of Conway; a son, Alexander Iorio and wife Bridget of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Magdalene and Vincent Williams; one sister, Lorraine Russell and husband Thomas; and two brothers, John Ambra and Thomas Ambra and wife Maria of New York; her mother-in-law, Jeannette Iorio; sisters-in-law, Marie Scherer and husband John and Theresa Mullen and husband Kevin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, John Ambra, and her mother, Veronica, of New York; and her father-in-law, Vincent J. Iorio.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Fighting Fancy www.fightingfancy.com, Stand Up To Cancer www.standup2cancer.org or the cancer charity of choice.

Helen Mitchell Lewis

Helen Mitchell Lewis, 62, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. She was a native of Portland, a homemaker and a member of St. James Baptist Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Beverly A. McDaniel, Mamie Renay Robinson, Lakeshia S. Bealer and husband Larry, all of Fayetteville, and Khe-Shun Robinson-Henry and husband Stephan of Centerton; four grandchildren, Courtney S. Woods, Ryan S. Marshall and Shunissia D. Davis of Fayetteville and Tyler J. Robinson of Centerton; her step-mother, Lillie M. Mitchell of Racine, WI; four sisters, Ruthie L. Robinson, Juanita Gillis and husband Edward and Linda Dawson and husband Raymond of Montrose and Every "Connie" Jenkins and husband Jonathan of Bossier City, LA; two brothers, George Robinson and wife Carol of Kansas City, KS, and Warren Mitchell and wife Victoria of Racine; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her grandson, William O'Bryan Woods; her parents, Handy Mitchell, Mamie Ann Avery Robinson and Henry Robinson; three brothers, Henry Robinson, Jr., Glen Roy Robinson and Steve Robinson; two sisters, Anita Polite and Charlene Mitchell Hall; and a special niece, Tabitha T. Dawson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Central Community Baptist Church in Lake Village with pastor Curtiss Smith and Rev. Arthur Haney officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Bynum, Jesse Mitchell, Ian Williams, Charles Woods, Eddie Mitchell, Sammie L. Polite, Sr., Wayne Williams and Larry Woods. Burial was in Portland Number Two Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Robbie Zine Martin

Robbie Zine Martin, 59, of Pine Bluff died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of Hunters Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by three brothers, Denny Martin and wife Tmatha of North Little Rock and Bruce Martin and David Martin of Crossett; five sisters, Shirley Norman and husband Rev. Carl of Upland, CA, Mary Martin and Ethel Dean Martin and husband Arlester of Crossett and Carolyn Martin and Janell Jordan and husband Walter of Little Rock; and a host of family loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Finis and Jessie Bea Wimberly Martin; and her brother, Finis Martin, Jr.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 5, at Hunter Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Wilton Baines officiating. Pallbearers were Reggie Martin, Gregory Martin, Quinton Martin, Carl Norman, Jr., Corey Martin and Brian Miles. Honorary pallbearers were James Martin, Danny Martin, Ray Charles Martin, Larry Martin and Curtis Martin, Jr. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Janis Reed

Janis Reed, 83, of Hamburg died Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Perla, Ark., a resident of Hamburg for the past 48 years and a former resident of Crossett, she worked as a secretary for The Crossett Company for many years and was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and crocheting.

She is survived by a son, Mike Reed and wife Beth of Hamburg; a brother, Robert Davis of Crossett; two sisters, Jean Cheeseman of Crossett and Sue Anthony Reed of Grady; two grandsons, Casey and Dillon Reed; one great-grandson, Braxton Reed; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, B. J. Reed; her parents, Richard and Ruby Hardin Davis; and a step-daughter, Linda Allen.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in the Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Kinney officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Bowden, Ronnie Anthony, Kyle Cheeseman, Wayne Neal, Ronnie Dillion, Rob Chapman and Andy Evans.

Memorials may be made to Ashley County Cares, P. O. Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Bessie Maude Simmons

Bessie Maude Simmons, 85, of Fountain Hill died Monday, April 1, 2013, at The Woods in Monticello. She was a lifelong resident of Drew County, a homemaker and was a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church. She loved fishing, singing and gardening.

She is survived by one son, James L. Simmons and wife Carol of Baltimore, MD; and Troy D. Simmons of Augusta, GA, who she raised as her son; two daughters, Dorothy McHenry of Fountain Hill and Vera Wilson of Fort Smith; three sisters, Maudine Nolen of Maywood, IL, Willie Mae Venson of Monticello and Irene Reed of Los Angeles, CA; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her husband, James Norris Simmons; one daughter, Karen Simmons; her parents, William "Jay" Cochran and Sarah Thomas Cochran Miller; and one sister, Verlee Smith.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, Bethel A. M. E. with Presiding Elder James R. Hooper officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Daniels, Greg David, Vernon Fisher, Ray Venson, Reggie Venson and Bobby Ray Miller. Burial was in the Norris Hill Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Brian Mitchell Whitehead

Brian Mitchell Whitehead, 16, of West Monroe, LA, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in West Monroe. Born on March 4, 1997, in Ruston, LA, he loved to rodeo, especially ride bulls. He was a member of the North Louisiana Rodeo Association, previously rode in the high school rodeo, and enjoyed riding at the Bull Palace. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, poetry and drawing. He was a student at West Monroe High School.

Survivors include his father, Brian Wayne Whitehead and fiance Brandy Toler; his mother, Shanna Gray of Huttig; a sister, Blakely Dawn Gray of Bastrop, LA; grandparents, Janice Bearden and husband Michael and Barry Whitehead and wife Jeanie, Marlene Brazier and Harold Vail; a great-grandmother, Mary Whitehead; aunts, Sheila Whitehead Hamm and husband Del and Samantha Whitehead Cobb of West Monroe, Jennifer Norrell and husband Jeff of Hamburg, Misty Ballard, Christine Milsap, Cassidy Vail and Melissa Vail; uncles, Bobby Brazier and wife Christy of Huttig and Ronnie d'Artney and wife Pam of Coalinga, CA; his girlfriend, Asja Jordan of West Monroe, LA; and many cousins and friends. His great-grandfather, Mitchell Whitehead; and a cousin preceded him in death.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Family Church in West Monroe with Jeremy Sumner officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Hamm, Danny Phillips, Tyler Farmer, Jacob Jones, Dusty Jones, Will Ramie, Josh Machem and Wes Biggs. Burial followed at the Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe with arrangements by Mulhearn Funeral Home. Guest book at www.mulhearnfuneral home.com.

Dorothy Edith Yoder

Dorothy Edith Yoder, 92, of Crossett died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. Born on March 4, 1921, in Hamburg to Juddy Washington and Hattie Elizabeth Brady White, Mrs. Yoder loved to cook, and camping and fishing were her favorite hobbies. She was a homemaker and a member of North Crossett First Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Edith Fay Rushing and husband James and Betty Huber and husband Max of Crossett; one brother, Andrew "Ed" White of Crossett; two sisters, Mildred Carpenter of Booneville and Mary Willkens of Grapeland, TX; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Yoder was preceded in death by her husband, Lawson Yoder.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at First Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Jason Bates and Robin Allen officiating.

Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Obituaries Published April 17

Kenneth Wayne Brantley

Kenneth Wayne "Gilmore" Brantley, 42, of Crossett died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Warren and a former resident of Arlington, TX, he had lived in Crossett for the past nine months. He was a truck driver, a Church of God in Christ member and enjoyed watching football with the Miami Dolphins as his favorite NFL team and also enjoyed fishing and traveling.

He is survived by three sons, Kenneth Wayne Brantley, Jr., and Kenyon Di'John Brantley of Crossett and Kenneth "Little K" Brantley, III, of Arlington, TX; five brothers, Ray Charles Washington of Crossett, Robert Gilmore and Roundy "Randy" Gilmore of Little Rock, Sammy Gilmore of Monticello and Dennis Tatum of Syracuse, NY; two sisters, Virginia Wilson of Russellville and Belinda Gilmore of Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Phillips Brantley.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Eld. Nolen Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Ward, Wardell Herman, McCoy Franklin, Robert Ivory, Lazarus Adams and Terry Anderson. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Peggy Louise Daniels Green

Peggy Louise Daniels Green, 63, of Crossett died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on June 27, 1949, in Bastrop, LA, to Thurston Daniels and Addine Washington, she had a special mother, Ardella Daniels. A seamstress and on the board of the Crossett Housing Authority, she was an active member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Eric Dawson and wife Deborah of Dover, DE, Michael Green of Jackson, MS, and Roderick Green, Sr., and wife Cassandra of Tuscaloosa, AL; one daughter, Sonia and husband Dennis Tucker of Crossett; four brothers, Thurston Daniels, II, and wife Diane of Chicago, IL, Larry Goldsby of Minneapolis, MN, Roger Banks of San Hosa, CA, and Mike Banks of Los Angeles, CA; three sisters, Ruby Bowman of Crossett, Carolyn Gilchrist and husband Gary of Houston, TX, and Billie Sue Cabrera and husband Cecil of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Venita Miles, Kelvin Dawson and Roderick Green Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Jania Miles and Brian Miles Jr.; an aunt, Elmer Maxwell; an uncle, J. D. Washington of Reno, NV; a special friend, Victoria Washington; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Arandus "Dick" Daniels, Frank Daniels and Willie "Buck" Bowman and three sisters, Bobbie Daniels, Willie Mae Bowman and Betty Hawkins.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church Revs. Murlee Carter and Walter Witherspoon, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Fredie Hargraves, Angelo Moore, Curtis Harris, Cornell Brown, Larry Rogers, Milton Gaston and Willie Green. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Steven Bruce Hodge

Steven Bruce Hodge, 56, of Crossett died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home. Born on October 6, 1956, in Crossett to Julian and Peggy Hodge, he was employed at Georgia Pacific for 36 years.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Twylia Hodge of Crossett; two step-sons, Jeffrey Marabanian and wife Heather of Crossett and Trey Marabanian and wife Mickey of Lake Village; one brother, Scott Hodge of Calion; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Ray Hodge; his parents and a brother, Vance Hodge.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. James Fleming and Keith Boseman officiating. Pallbearers were Lee Barnett, Steve Hamilton, Tony Blankenship, Bob Griffis, Darren Brantley and Dennis Holland. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Bettie Lee Durham Hohn

Bettie Lee Durham Hohn, 62, of Newport died Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was born January 13, 1951, at Newport, the daughter of Ralph and Georgie (Ringuet) Durham. A member of the Newport High School Class of 1969, Mrs. Hohn was a cook at Jack's Dairy Cut for 18 years, then worked as deputy circuit clerk of Jackson County over a decade. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and enjoyed reading, crafting, sewing clothing and curtains, cooking, and genealogy research.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jack L. Hohn of Newport; two sons, Michael Brumley and Robbie Hohn of Newport; two daughters, Rebecca Brumley Smith and husband Danny of Hamburg and Renea Cain of Trumann; one brother, Thomas Durham of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren, Jacob Taylor, Zach Taylor, and Daniel Smith; a special uncle, Arthur Ringuet of Campbell Station; and several brothers and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Carole Ann Durham.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home chapel with burial following in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Guest book at www.jacksonsfh.com.

Joe R. Holland

Joe R. Holland, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center. Born on March 5, 1934, in Ashley County to Joe and Myrtis Jeffers Holland, he retired from Georgia Pacific after over 40 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Virenea "Vi" Holland of Crossett; two sons, Richard and wife Donna of Perryville and Dennis and wife Belinda of Crossett; six grandchildren, Jason and wife Caleena of Crossett, Sarah McDonald and husband Travis of Wahiawa, HI, Matt Holland and wife Jammie of Ringgold, LA, Jenny Farrar and husband Gary and Trey Haskew of Crossett and Hannah Haskew of Lacey; two step-sons, David Murphy and wife Angie of Tulsa, OK, and Kevin Murphy and wife Christie of Gillett; eight great-grandchildren, Lexie, Trent, Emily, Gracie, Brody, Mattilyn, Nathan and Tyler; two step-grandchildren, Marleigh and Cassie Murphy; one brother, James Holland of Crossett; and one sister, Jessie Faye Farmer of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Lela Elton Holland; a daughter, Connie Haskew; a brother, Bud Holland; and one sister, Charlene Ogden.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Eugene Howie, Travis Roberts and Tim Haas officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

David Lee Jones

David Lee Jones, 61, of Parkin, who was born July 24, 1951, died Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was a former resident of Hamburg.

He is survived by one son, Scott D. Jones; a daughter-in-law, Millie Jones; one grandson, Hunter Jones; and one granddaughter, Kyra Jones; four sisters, Geneva Preston of Gilmer, TX, Camilla Boehmer of New Concord, KY, Glenda Rook of Memphis, TN, and Anita Murrell of West Memphis; 14 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett L. Jones; his mother, Lottye Sims Burnett; and one niece, Cynthia Lynn Farmer Hess.

A service was held honoring him on April 12 at Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home in West Memphis. Memorial donations are requested for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

George Rolfe Murphy

George "Dick" Rolfe Murphy, 95, of Crossett, who was born November 12, 1917, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He was born and lived his entire life outside Crossett on the family homestead. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and worked at the Crossett Paper Mill for over 40 years.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, raising blueberries, and fixing nearly anything he could get his hands on, from neighbor's pumps to discarded broken chairs. He was a long-time member of the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Ben Murphy and wife Sally; sisters-in-law, Pauline Lochala and Merle Murphy; sons William Murphy of Crossett, Frank and wife Louise Murphy of Dallas TX, Mike and wife Sheryl Murphy of Friendswood, TX, and Phillip and wife Anna Murphy of North Little Rock; and grandkids Jonathan and wife Kristin Murphy, Denton and wife Celina Murphy, Michael Murphy, Christine Murphy, Dr. Katie and husband Chase Darr, Ward Jablonski, George Murphy and Phillip Jablonski. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Kate Murphy; his parents, George D. and Sallie Murphy; and siblings, Hugh Murphy, Bob Murphy, Thelma Daniels, Eleanor Honeycutt, Laura Clark, Pete Murphy, and Fred Murphy.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at Waller's Chapel Methodist Church with Brother Boyd Savage officiating. Pallbearers were Jonathon Murphy, Denton Murphy, Michael Murphy, George Murphy, Chase Darr, Ward Jablonski and Phillip Jablonski. Honorary pallbearers were Luke Clark, Lexie Rickman and Charles Barnett. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Wallers Chapel Methodist Church, c/o Lea Ann Shivers, 615 Ashley Road 293, Crossett, AR 71635.

Joe Gene Newton

Joe Gene Newton, 68, of Crossett died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Strong, he retired from Ashley Drew & Northern Railroad, served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a Methodist. He loved sports, especially football and baseball.

He is survived by one son, Eric J. Newton of Los Angeles, CA, two daughters, Nikki N. Nichols of Houston, TX, and Regina Whaley of Detroit, MI, one brother, Isaac Newton of Oakland, CA; one sister, Rebecca Newton Cornelius and husband Robert, Jr., of Crossett; four grandchildren and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, Rhuben Lee and Riller Mae Harrison Newton; three brothers, Rhuben L. Newton, Jr., Robert L. Newton and Dennis Newton; and one sister, Florence Milton.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Harriel White, officiating. Pallbearers were to be Larry Rogers, Freddie Hargraves, James Adams, Curtis Harris, Charles Moore, James Martin and Robert Cornelius, Jr. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

James Carroll Norrell

James "Buddy" Carroll Norrell, 74, of Crossett died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Drew Memorial Hospital. Born on October 28, 1938, in Ashley County to George Nicholas and Brooksie Coulter Norrell, he was a truck driver, a Baptist and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include one son, Mike Norrell of Crossett; two daughters, Carol Spurlock of Crossett and Beverly Land and husband Drayton of El Dorado; two sisters, Frances Gray of Monroe, LA, and Mary Ruth Johnson of Hampton; six grandchildren, Kayla Spurlock, Mallory Spurlock, Dewayne Norrell, Blake Norrell, William Land and Lauren Land; one great-grandchild, Zayden Spurlock; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Green; and two other sisters and two brothers.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Carlock Cemetery with Bro. Clayton Hales officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Mary Rose Allison Wilder

Mary Rose Allison Wilder, 72, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her home in Redding, California. A native of Hamburg and a 1958 graduate of Hamburg High School, she was a former secretary at Chabot University in Hayward, CA. She loved gardening, visiting and taking care of her poodle.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Spencer Wilder; one brother, Vance Allison of Angleton, TX; two sisters, Jo Ann Moffatt of Milo and Dean Rankin of Mendenhall, MS; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mal and Johnnie Allison; two brothers, Henry and Durrell "Dude" Allison; and one sister, Margie Cloud. Her remains were cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled later.

Obituaries Published April 24

Linda Denise Jones

Linda Denise Jones, 52, of Woodlawn died Saturday, April 20, 2013. Born February 17, 1961, in Great Lakes, Illinois, a daughter of the late Hershel and Vera Cousineau Collier, she graduated from Oktaha High School and Connors University in Warner, Oklahoma. She enjoyed diamond hunting and loved rodeos, horseshows and barrel racing and had numerous awards and titles in horse training and barrel racing. She was a homemaker and owner of JLJ Farms.

Survivors include her husband, Julian Jones of Woodlawn, whom she married on March 14, 1986; a son, Justin Carl Jones of Woodlawn; a sister, Gini Barnett of Waverly, MO; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Mae Collier.

Grave-side services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill with Reverend Garry Wiles officiating and arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. www.buiefuneralhome.com.

Beverly Jane Stephenson

Beverly Jane Gay Stephenson, 61, of Portland died at her home in Portland on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Born August 23, 1951, in Lake Village, she was a lifelong resident of the Portland area and graduated from Portland High School in 1969. She was a bookkeeper, accountant and the vice-president of Gay Farm, Inc. Mrs. Stephenson was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church and served on the memorial committee. She loved the farm and her family, and animals and was known as Bevo by her friends and family.

She is survived by a son, Jim Cokley; a daughter, Jennifer Hill and husband, Dea; her mother, Betty Gay Shuler of Portland; two grandsons, Max and James Hill of Portland; a special cousin, Gay Tipps; a special nephew, Cody Gay and wife Amanda and a special great-nephew, Ethan Gay of New Mexico; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, James Gay; two brothers, Jake Gay and James Gay Jr.; her grandparents, Louise and Gerald Gay and Emma and Forte Mazanti.

A memorial service was at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Portland United Methodist Church with Dr. Phil Worley and Rev. Carl Mason officiating. A private family burial will be held in the Portland Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Moyers, Trey Moyers, Mike Brooks, Steve Brooks, Josh Brooks, Mark Pennington and Taylor Young.

Memorials may be made to the Portland United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 400, Portland, AR 71663 or to a favorite charity. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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