Jayne Riley Allen
Jayne (Riley) Allen, 80, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, died Monday, July 29, 2013. Born Aug. 31, 1932, to James and Novella Riley in Fountain Hill, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1950. She was active on the girls' basketball team and was football queen. She moved to Little Rock to pursue a business career and met Jesse Allen. They married on March 29, 1952, and continued their life in the Air Force, living in many places across the country. In 1971, they made Midwest City their home. She worked at Tinker AFB as a civil servant until she retired in 1994. She loved gardening, crafts, cooking, and enjoyed writing poetry and in later years, renewed her love for quilting.
Survivors include four children, Vicki Narramore and husband Rick and Jay Allen of Midwest City, Mike Allen of Oklahoma City and Cyndi Allen of Edmond, OK. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, Justin, Jarod, and Jordan Allen; Luke and Mark Hoskins; and Peyton, Karsten and Madison Allen; one great-grandson, Jonas Allen; and two siblings, Lavon Miller and Billy Riley of Hamburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse "Pat" Allen; her parents, a son, Jeffry Lynn Allen; two sisters, Polly Riley Estelle and Mattie Pearl Riley; and three brothers, Floyd, Kenneth and Arthur Riley.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, August 2, at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Funeral Home with burial at Arlington Memory Gardens. The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Betty Lovett Briggs
Betty Wayne Lovett Briggs, 86, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett and a resident of The Pillars in Crossett for the last nine years, she graduated from Crossett High School. She was a homemaker and an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She was a licensed lay reader and chalice bearer for the church, served on the vestry for many years, arranged all the flowers for the church altar and sang in the choir. She served as the president of the Ashley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1994-1995; served on the Ashley Memorial Hospital's board of directors and she was Auxilian of the Year for 1995-1996. She loved to play Bridge and gave Bridge lessons in her home for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Meers of Crossett and Linda Hairston and husband Kyle of Monroe, LA; a son, Bubba Lovett and wife Connie of Hot Springs; a daughter-in-law, Dr. Angela Lovett of Little Rock; a sister, Barbara Flemister and husband Vernon of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Amy Hairston-Doss of Athens, GA, Brent Higgins and wife Lisa of Warren, Molly Chapman and husband Shawn of North Little Rock, Clay Lovett of Crestwood, IL, Makenzie Lovett of Hot Springs, Lane Lovett, Jr., and wife Leigh, Christian Lovett and Grace Lovett of Little Rock; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Higgins and Alyssa Higgins of Warren and Brooks Lovett of Crestwood; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Lovett, and her husband of 26 years, Norman J. Briggs; a son, Lane Lovett; her parents, Gus Edward Culbreath, Sr., and Mollie Ann Jeffers Culbreath; two sisters, Ethel Madden and Margie Kalil; and three brothers, Marvin, Robert and Gus Culbreath, Jr.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Friday, August 9, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Father Bob Allen officiating. A private burial will be in St. Mark's Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 909 Hickory Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the American Diabetes Foundation, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. A time of remembrance will follow the memorial service in the fellowship hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Mars Hall, Ph. D.
Gary Thomas Marshall "Mars" Hall, 65, of Monticello died Monday, July 22, 2013, at his home in Monticello. He held a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University and was a professor at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, a poet and celebration artist. Born Dec. 10, 1947, to Thomas and Alice Marshall of Paducah, KY, he founded the Random Order of Perpetual Energy, worshiped at the Tabernacle of the Tall Timbers, and served as UAM's Creative Society's original adviser.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Guffey Miller; a son, Noel and wife Sara of Olympia, Wash.; his mother, and a brother, Jack, both of Paducah; and two grandchildren.
UAM's Library will host a celebration on Monday, Aug. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Monticello Branch Library. Arrangements were by Griffin Funeral Home of Star City.
Frances Elizabeth Hollis
Frances Elizabeth Hollis, 87, of Lake Village died Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born November 23, 1925, in Fountain Hill, the daughter of the late John Murray Hollis and Rosie Lee Malloy Hollis, she was a Baptist and a nurse's aide.
She is survived by three nieces, Wilma Royce, Nancy Royce and Diane Morris; and two nephews, Aurbry Williams and Sonny Royce.
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3, at Zion Cemetery near Fountain Hill with Bro. Phillip Payne officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. Online guest book at www.bishopfuneralhomeinc.com.
Joyce Marie Miles
She is survived by four children, Andrea, Milissa, and Katherine Miles of Little Rock and Corey (Becky) Miles, of Redfield, SD; eight grandchildren, Jacario Miles and LaPorshia Haynes, Malaki and Makira Miles of Little Rock, LaMerian Cason of Hamburg and Jalia, Jalisa, and Savonne Miles of South Dakota; and three great-grandchilren, Chane, Jayden, and Jakylon Miles of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents, Velmar "VD" and Marie Adams; a sister, Gracie Mae Fikes; and a son, Carlton Miles.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Mary Arnold officiating. Pallbearers were Christopher Sims, Brian Miles, Marcus Cason, Lawrence Tucker, Andrew Martin, and Morris Richardson. Honorary pallbearers were the HHS 1973 Class.
Burial was in Norris Hill Cemetery by Superior Funeral Home of North Little Rock.
Obituaries Published August 14
Louise Temple Burchfield
Louise Temple Burchfield, 83, of Harrison, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, August 9, 2013, at her home. Born February 21, 1930, to James Robert and Dessie Colvin Temple in Hermitage, she was a security guard for Georgia Pacific for 15 years, retired from The Baudour Center of Senatobia, MS, after 20 years and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her four children, Cynthia Donaldson and husband Jimmy of Yellville, Carla McNeely and husband Jess of Senatobia, Charles Isom "Buck" Burchfield, III, and wife Shelley of Haskell and James Robert "Bob" Burchfield and wife Jeannie of Benton; two sisters, Maxine Dixon of Senatobia and Betty New of Crossett; one brother, Dr. George Rice of Vicksburg, MS; eleven grandchildren, Justin Donaldson, Jenny Sipes and husband Jason, Zach Burchfield and wife Megan, Mary Margaret Jones, Benjamin Joshlin, James Robert Burchfield, Jr., Ann Marie Burchfield, Hayden, Bailey and Kaylin Burchfield and Haley Barnett; and three great-grandchildren, Jadyn Cooper Sipes, Clariel Jones and Minor Isom Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, C. I. Burchfield; three sisters, Agnes Owens, Martha Vardaman and Sarah Williams; and two brothers, James Robert Temple and Oliver Rice.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, August 12, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bob Burchfield officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Eddie E. Harville
Eddie E. Harville, 89, of Grapeland, Texas, died on Friday, August 2, 2013, in Grapeland. The son of Hunter and Martha Harville, he grew up in Hamburg and moved to Cypress, Texas, where he worked at Ruska Instruments.
Survivors include his daughter, Evelyn Harville; two sons, Randy Harville and wife Eva and David Harville and wife Betty of Grapeland; seven grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy F. Harville; and all his brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 5, at Brookside Funeral Home in Houston. Burial followed at the Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, Texas.
Jerrie A. Thompson
Miss Jerrie A. Thompson, 74, of Crossett died Friday, August 9, 2013, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, she worked in the printing office at Georgia-Pacific for many years, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett and was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan.
She is survived by her cousins, Tommy Thompson and wife Becky, Gene Thompson and wife Pat, James Thompson and wife Sherry and Hunter and Tyler Thompson of Hamburg and Leann Thompson Coody and husband Caleb of Bella Vista; and two special friends, Lucille and Edith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Thelma Ramage Thompson; and a brother, Bill Thompson.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, August 12, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Tyler Thompson, Hunter Thompson, Caleb Coody, Frank Higginbotham, Andy Riels and David Goodwin.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published August 21
Earnest Sylvester Cromwell
Earnest Sylvester Cromwell, 69, of Hamburg died Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Hamburg, a resident of Rockford, IL, for 40 years, and a resident of Hamburg for the past ten years. He was a Baptist, retired from Quaker Oats and had worked for Cromwell Funeral Home. His hobbies included playing dominoes and fishing.
He is survived by three sons, Earnest S. "Pops" Cromwell, Jr., of Hamburg, Fentress Cromwell and Tyrone Cromwell and wife Carrie, all of Moorehead, MN; one step-son, James Malone of Rockford; one step-daughter, Wendy Malone of Rockford; two brothers, Willie F. Cromwell and wife Doris of Crossett and Lawrence Cromwell and wife Cheryl of Little Rock; two sisters, Merlene Tucker and husband Jessie of Crossett and Ruby Kelly and husband James of St. Louis, MO, twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe James and Rosetta Cason Cromwell; and three brothers, Monroe, Jr., "M.J." Cardell and Cleotha "Buddy" Cromwell.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Jessie Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Larry Rogers, William Tippit, Walter Hendrix, Billy Kitchen, Ronald Hubbard and Eddie Colbert. Burial will be in the Nimmons Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Gary Garrell Floyd, Jr.
Gary Garrell Floyd, Jr., 55, of Crossett died Sunday, August 11, 2013. Born on June 28, 1958, in Eastman, GA, to Gary Garrell, Sr., and Carolyn Weir Floyd, he was a retired Army veteran, loved to fish and play golf and was a member of Meridian Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lori Floyd of Crossett; three sons, Dustin Floyd of Bossier City, LA, Brandon Blissett of Sterlington, LA, and Steven Blissett of Crossett; a sister, Tammy Moore of Leesburg, GA, and four grandchildren, Thessa Blissett, Devon Blissett, Joshua Howie and Branson Blissett. He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Ronnie Floyd.
Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Friday, August 16, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Patrick Wayne Johnson
Patrick Wayne Johnson, 29, of Crossett died early Sunday morning, August 18, 2013. Born on June 17, 1984, to Gary and Stacy Johnson at Ashley Memorial Hospital of Crossett, he was a 2002 graduate of Crossett High School and married the love of his life, Kallina Johnson, on December 26, 2009. He worked for Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Ruston, LA as a sales associate and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. He had recently acquired a love for fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Kallina Johnson; two daughters, Ashlynn Kubiak and Jacelyn Johnson; his parents, one sister, Sydney Johnson Baker and Corey; his grandmother, Evelyn McCormick; an aunt and uncle, Scott and Mary McCormick; and one brother in law, Lee Johnson, all of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Scott McCormick, I, and Bert and Evelyn Johnson and an infant brother, Brian Johnson.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Stahley officiating followed by a burial at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Lee Johnson, Chase Brownfield, Trey Trichell, Matt Farmer, Matt Johnson and Wesley McCormick. Arrangements are by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneral home.com.
Velma D. Maxwell
Velma D. Maxwell, 74, of Hamburg died Friday, August 16, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center. She was a native of Hastings, OK, a resident of Ashley County for the past 50 years, a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by one son, Charles D. Maxwell and wife Emma of Hermitage; one daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Griever and husband Jimmy of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. Mrs. Maxwell was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Maxwell; one son, Richard H. Maxwell; one grandson, Joseph Landon Maxwell; her parents, Loren and Lois Hodges Cassady; and two brothers, Paul Cassady and J. T. Cassady.
Grave-side funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Beech Creek Cemetery with Bro. James Thompson officiating. Arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Christopher Ryan Savage
Christopher Ryan Savage, 20, of Hamburg died Friday, August 16, 2013. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a roofer for New Orleans Industrial Roofing, a Baptist and attended Southside Baptist Church. He loved outdoor activities, fishing, hunting and riding four wheelers.
He is survived by his father, Eddie Dewayne Savage and Farrah of Gonzales, LA; his mother, Connie Jean Savage and Thomas of Hamburg; one brother, Joseph Savage and Ashley of Hamburg; two sisters, Heather Aulds and Robert and Biley Bowling of Hamburg; his maternal grandparents, Floyd and Dixie Fairchild of Hamburg; his paternal grandparents, Jessie and Lenny Hurdle of Prairieville, LA; and a host of other family, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Orrell Dewayne Savage.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, August 19, at Southside Baptist Church with Bro. Vaughn Blue officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Poole, Jr., Joseph Savage, Kevin McNeil, Kintus Mooney, Gary Keith Higginbotham, and Jose Pardez. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.crom-wellfuneralhome.net.
Obituaries Published August 28
Gloria Bryant, 66, of Hermitage died Thursday, August 22, 2013. at her residence. Born on December 18, 1946, to Richard L. and Arzona W. Howard Bryant, she was a zookeeper for the Crossland Zoo and had also worked for Safeway in Ruston, LA, for 26 years. She was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include three nephews, Scott Ray, Larry Tay Gibson and Richard Joseph Jimmerson; two nieces, Miki Colvin and Robyn Haliburton; three sisters, Corrine Elizabeth Gibson of Dubach, LA, Mary Ann Ray of Hermitage and Lisa Marie Bryant of Ruston, LA.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 24, at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Boykin officiating. Burial followed at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones service.com.
Betty Buckley Gillum
Betty Buckley Gillum, 89, of Crossett died on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 4, 1924, in Magee, MS, to Marion Elijah and Lillian Ward Buckley, Mrs. Gillum retired as a draftsman from Georgia Pacific after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett and a member of the Ashley County Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary Pink Ladies, an artist and enjoyed working with plants and flowers in her yard.
Survivors include her son, William "Bill" Gillum of Crossett; one granddaughter, Sheena Gillum of St. Paul, MN; and one sister, Doris Berry of Memphis, TN. She was preceded in death by a sister, Alyce Noulett; and her husband, Armed Lyon "Bill" Gillum.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 26, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Bonnie Wilkins officiating. Burial followed at the Strong Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Lois Belle Hopper
Lois Belle Hopper, 78, of Hamburg died Wednesday, August 21, 2013. at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. A native of the Trafalgar community outside Hamburg, a resident of Hamburg for 30 years and a former resident of Lake Village, she was a homemaker, a farmer and a teacher's aide. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church in the Milo community, a church pianist for many years, an avid gardener and a member of the Ashley County Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary Pink Ladies.
She is survived by her children, Charlie Hopper of Dermott, David Hopper of Hamburg; Jerry Hopper and wife Sherry of Lake Village, Joy Barnes and husband Bob, of Hamburg, Buddy Hopper and wife Kristie, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Sharon Burnett and husband Keith of Hamburg and Mark Hopper and wife Elaine of Monticello; her brothers, Tom Brady of Dothan, Alabama, Sammy Brady of Atlanta, Georgia, and Louie Brady of Malvern; her sisters, Clyda Fay Sims of Monticello and Sue Nash of Atlanta; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Hopper, in 1996; her parents, Leroy and Irene Dingler Brady; a sister, Nelle Cooper; and a daughter-in-law, Earla Jane Hopper.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, August 23, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Sam Brady officiating. Burial was in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joseph Hopper, Joshua Hopper, Tony Hopper, Christopher Hopper, Britt Barnes and Zack Wood. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205-1569 or to the Ashley County Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, P. O. Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jean Barnett Kelley
Jean Barnett Kelley, 80, of Farmerville, LA, and formerly of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Farmerville Nursing Home. A member of Crossroads Baptist Church, she was born July 2, 1933, in Hamburg to Alfie and Lucy Doss Barnett.
She is survived by her daughter, Camille, and spouse Dusty Gates; two grandchildren, Kelley Gates and Morgan and spouse Kyle Lowery; two great-grandchildren, Sadie and Ella Lowery, all of Farmerville; one brother, Lester Barnett of Cabot; one sister, Lois Barnett Keith of North Little Rock; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Charles Morgan "Jr." Kelley; four brothers, Floyd, Roy, R. T., and Dean; and five sisters, Viola Sanders, Dorothy Stump, Lera Godfrey, Vera Durham, and Barbara Woods.
Grave-side services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at the Promise Land Cemetery outside Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery, c/o JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Guest book at www.goldenfh.com.