December 4

Thomas M. Bays

Thomas M. Bays, 87, of Crossett, formerly of El Dorado, died Friday, November 28, 2013, after a brief illness. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a talented craftsman who worked as a millwright for Monsanto Chemical Company and as a master plumber and a mechanic for the Crossett and El Dorado School Districts. He was a member and deacon at North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his childhood sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Watson Bays; three children and their families, Becky and Gary Glasgow, Bobby and Jo Lynn Bays and Jaynie and Tim Swager; grandchildren Clay Glasgow, Dana Glasgow Morgan, Jennifer Bays and Elizabeth Bays, and Lauren, Rebecca, Erik, Emily, Amber, and Daniel Swager; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Essie Honeycutt Bays, and a great-grandson, Jonathan Swager.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at First Baptist Church of North Crossett with burial at the Crossroads Cemetery. Arrangements were by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

William Rayford Blankenship

William Rayford "W. R." Blankenship, 94, of Crossett died on Friday, November 29, 2013, at his residence. Born on May 6, 1919, in Crossett to Alford Jackson and Elizabeth Coody Blankenship, he was an entrepreneur and had interests especially in logging, cattle and rental properties.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Odette McKoin Blankenship; two sons, Jerry Ray Blankenship and wife Marsha and Mark Blankenship and wife Connie of Crossett; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, five brothers and a son, William Rogers Blankenship.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 2, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with burial following at the Antioch Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Antioch Cemetery, 358 Marais Saline Rd., Crossett, AR 71635.

Ouida Burnham Casali

Ouida Burnham Casali, 79, of Crossett died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Stonegate Health and Rehabilitation in Crossett. Born December 21, 1933, in Lake Village to the late Roy Burnham and Sarah Buntin Burnham, she worked for the Chicot County Sheriff's Department. After retirement, she moved to Crossett to be near her grandchildren. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Survivors are son, John Michael Casali and wife Lisa of Lake Village; a daughter, Angela Casali Harris of Crossett; two brothers, Bill Burnham and wife Lena of Winona, MS, and Edson Burnham and wife Marilyn of La Porte, Texas; two sisters, Mary Ellen Floriani of Alameda, CA, and Veda Tankersley of Crossett; four grandchildren, Sarah Donald and Heath Morgan of Crossett, Dylan Morgan of Monroe, LA, and Sharon Katelyn Casali of Lake Village; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Casali; her parents and a brother; Roy Burnham Jr.

Rosary service was at 6 p.m. Monday, December 2, Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village. Mass of Christian Burial was planned for Tuesday, December 3, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Theophilus Okpara as celebrant. Burial was to follow in St. Isadora Cemetery. Guest book at www.bishopfuneral homeinc.com.

Jewel Strickland Cherry

Jewel Strickland Cherry, 70, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 1, 2013, at the Baptist Medical Health Center in Little Rock. A native of Chicot County, a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and was of the Assembly of God faith.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Cherry and wife Daphne of Omaha, Georgia; a daughter, Debbie Fay Vorhease and husband Carl of Hayworth, OK; four sisters, Lois Adams of Lake Village, Joyce Cessor of Hot Springs, Barbara Carpenter of Hamburg and Sandra Kay Smith of Watson; and a grandson, Michael Vorhease of Crossett. She was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, Albert "Pete" and Elnora Lynn Strickland; five brothers, Vernon, Buford, Charles, R.G. and Donald Strickland; and a sister, Audrey Hill.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 4, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Ricky Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in the Montrose Cemetery. Pallbearers are Walter Adams, Dewight Adams, Jimmy Don Hill, Randy Herrod, Ryan Carpenter and Brian Bullock.

Memorials may be made to the Montrose Cemetery Association, c/o Angie Lynn, 329 Lynn Road, Portland, AR 71663. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home.

Minnie "Mickey" Franklin

Minnie "Mickey" Smith Franklin, 63, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Born January 11, 1950, in Wilmot to William "Bill" and Irene Haynes Smith, she played basketball on the high school team and graduated in 1966. In 1965 while working at her parents’ café in North Crossett she met the man who became her husband, Eddie Webster Franklin. They married on July 2, 1966, and they were together for 35 years. She was a homemaker, served on the Anderson School PTA and was a Sunday School teacher for several years at First Baptist Church of Crossett. She was a seamstress and made pageant and prom dresses and was also an artist.

Survivors included two daughters, Dianne Franklin White and husband Paul and Laura Franklin Creach and husband Johnny; and two grandchildren, Christopher White of New Iberia, LA, and Kasey White of Monroe, LA. She was a foster grandmother to five children. Other survivors are her father-in-law, Jett Aubrey of Magnolia; two brothers, Robert "Sonny" and Janice of Tillar and William "Buddy" Smith and Shirley of Hamburg; a sistet, Nancy Hoover and Jim of Ridgeland, WI; a sister-in-law, Cody Jane Burchfield of Ashdown; brother-in-law, Grady Mike Franklin of Maude, TX; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, two sisters, Merlene Kelly and Billie Smith; and a brother-in-law, Larry Burchfield.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at the Bell Cemetery near Wilmot with arrangements by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Butler Gibbs

Johnny Butler "John B." Gibbs, 87, of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Ashley County, he lived most of his life in Hamburg and Crossett and was a resident of Strong for eight years. He was a Baptist and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He loved telling jokes and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one son, Elbert Ray Gibbs and wife Lizzie of Crossett; one brother, Leonard Gibbs, Jr., and wife Jean of Los Angeles, CA; a stepdaughter, Janice Smith of Strong; 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Santonio Gibbs; one daughter, Patricia Gibbs Duff; his wife, Ella Mae Gibbs; his parents, Leonard and Josie Simpson Gibbs; six brothers, Lester, Fred, Levi, James, Jerry and Virgil Gibbs; and one sister, Jeanette Williams.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Carl Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers are Richard Gibbs, James Adams, Clifton Hawkins, James Hampton, Curtis Harris and Larry Rogers. Honorary pallbearers are Crooked Creek Hunting Club members. Burial will be in Carlock Cemetery. Viewing will be from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Albert Kusturin

Albert Kusturin, 78, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 1, 2013, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a veteran of the United States Army, he owned and operated Kusturin Grocery Store and was a mail carrier in Hamburg for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Boyd Kusturin of Junction City; a daughter, Lori Kusturin Golson of Elm Grove, LA; a niece that he raised, Debbie Martin of Hamburg; a brother, Martin Kusturin of Boone, NC; and two grandchildren, Lauren Kusturin and Stephen Webb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vorona Cherry Kusturin; four brothers, Joe, Johnny, George and Mackie Kusturin; and two sisters, Lennie Mahan and Mary Kusturin.

Grave-side funeral services is at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Cleveland Sellers

Cleveland Sellers, 62, of Hamburg died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at his residence. A native and resident of Parkdale for many years and a resident of Hamburg since 1980, he retired from R.M. Courson Construction and was a member of the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance where he was an usher and sang in the choir.

He is survived by a son, Justin Jordan of Hamburg; a daughter, Regina Sellers; a stepdaughter, Pearlen Smith and husband Randy of Parkdale; his father, L. V. Barr of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Annie Caldwell, Hazel Richardson and Shirley Ann Morris of Hamburg; two half-sisters, Katherine Bass and Mary Garrison of Little Rock; seven brothers, Leotis Atkins of Eudora, Willie Sellers of Hamburg, Paul Sellers of Newport News, Virginia, James Morris and wife Janell of Lugoff, South Carolina, and Edward Morris and wife Alice, George Morris and Ken L. Morris and wife Deborha of Hamburg; a half-brother, Clarence Barr and wife Carolyn of Little Rock; grandson, Steven Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise McHenry, in 2007 and a nephew, Keith Dewayne Caldwell in 1992.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 5, at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Pastors Mary Arnold and Jessie Mae Goodwin officiating. Pallbearers are Rodrick Scott, Tracy Vann, Wayne Pugh, Lawrence Tucker, Wilford Howard and Ray Watson. Honorary pallbearers are Leotis Akins, Willie Sellers, Paul Sellers, Clarence Bass, James Sellers, Edward Morris, George Morris and Ken L. Morris. Burial will be in Childress Chapel Cemetery in Parkdale with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Dennis Von Thurman

Dennis Von Thurman, 67, of Lacey died Monday, November 25, 2013, at his home. Born October 24, 1946, in Lacey, he was the son of the late Cecil Thurman and Margie Mhoon Thurman. He was a retired teacher, a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church and the Flat Creek Cemetery Committee and was an avid sportsman, deer hunter, turkey hunter and fisherman. He was instrumental in helping organize the Lacey/Ladelle Volunteer Fire Department, was a trained fireman and was the vice-president until his death.

He was a 1964 graduate of Drew Central High School and a 1969 graduate of Arkansas A&M College (now UAM). He was also a member of Phi Lambda Chi fraternity. He taught five years at Desha Central in Rohwer and at Drew Central taught physical education, physical science, biology and human anatomy, retiring after 35 years. He was the Drew Central teacher of the year in 1990, received the Drew Central Master Educator Award in 2007 and a distinguished service award in 2010. He taught second and third grade Vacation Bible School classes.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Edith White Thurman of Lacey; two daughters, Denise Thurman Sturmer (Ed) and Debra Thurman Kirchoff (Scott Hayes) of Stuttgart; three brothers, Larry Thurman of New Hope, DeWayne Thurman and wife Judy of Crossett and Curtis Thurman of Rohwer; three grandchildren, Tristan, Trace and Darah Kirchoff; two step-grandsons, Adam Johnson and Hunter Hayes; and one great grandson, Aiden Johnson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 30, at the Earl Willis Auditorium on the Drew Central campus in Monticello with Revs. Bill Elton and Gene Gregory officiating. Burial was in Lacey Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Carti/Little Rock Hematology Oncology Clinics, 9500 Lile Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205 or M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.

Frances Elizabeth Toney

Frances Elizabeth (Betty Fran Berry) Toney, 83, of Hot Springs Village died Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Born on September 17, 1930, to Walter and Olive Berry of Warren, they later moved to Crossett where she was a 1948 graduate of Crossett High School. While in high school, she played a coronet in the band and was a drum majorette. She was Miss Crossett in 1947, marrying her high school sweetheart, Henry Clay Toney, Sr., on December 27, 1947.

Mrs. Toney graduated from the College of Education at the University of Toledo in 1964. She spent nearly 30 years teaching second grade at Whittier Elementary School in Toledo. She loved travel, Bridge, puzzles, music, soap operas, and golf. She and her husband retired to Lake Lure, NC, and then to Hot Springs Village.

Survivors include Henry Clay Toney, Sr., her husband of nearly 66 years; her children, Patricia C. Myers of Murfreesboro, TN, Henry Clay (Victoria) Toney, Jr., of Ozone, and Elizabeth (Paul) Kaseman, of Tecumseh, MI; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Thomas Harold (Betty) Berry of Saginaw, TX, and his family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Olive Myrtle (Grasby) Berry, and her father, Walter Thomas Berry.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Toby Austin officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Albertine D. Vaughns

Albertine D. Vaughns, 74, of Wilmot died on Friday, November 29, 2013. Mrs. Vaughns was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Wilmot for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Peter Vaughns; two daughters, Doris Haywood and Danita Vaughns; two sons, David Daniels and Paul Vaughns; one adopted sister, Deloris Boler Williams; one aunt, Margaret McClelland; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, at the First Baptist Church of Wilmot with the Reverend J.D. Crockett presiding.

Burial will follow services at the Second Baptist Cemetery in Wilmot. Arrangements are by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published December 11

Ira Burchell Blann

Ira Oree Burchell Blann, 94, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Cherry Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility. Born on April 12, 1919, in Crossett to Lawson Elliott and Myrtle Elizabeth Sutton Burchell, Mrs. Blann had been a paper tester for The Crossett Company. She enjoyed watching football, gardening, camping and fishing and attended Wallers Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Tony Elbert Blann and wife Pam; one daughter, Remona Blann Bishop of Crossett; and four grandchildren, Lance Blann, Lissa Bishop, Whitney Blann Atwood and Adam Bishop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam Elbert Blann; her parents and a sister, Ruby Jewel Gray.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Toby Austin officiating. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Rd, Paragould, AR 72450 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.

Nancy Rufus Burchfield

Miss Nancy Rufus Burchfield, 85, of Thomasville, AL, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Thomasville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born December 10, 1927, in Hamburg, Miss Burchfield was a retired registered nurse and a member of Thomasville Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth (Jesse B.) Galbraith of Thomasville; two sisters-in-law, Marnell Burchfield and Opal Burchfield of Crossett; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy and Ophelia Jordan Burchfield; five brothers, Paul (Mary Katherine) Burchfield, C. I. "Jack" (Virginia) Burchfield, H. B. "Nig" Burchfield, L. R. "Tiny" Burchfield, Jr., and Ecil (Sadie) Burchfield; and a sister, Mildred (Roy) Maxwell.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Lyles Hern and Ken Burchfield officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Billy P. Burchfield, Randall Burchfield, James H. Burchfield, Freddy Guin, Tommy Maxwell and Will Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers were Billy B. Burchfield, Roger Burchfield, Brent Galbraith, Steven Galbraith, Dale Galbraith and Ken Burchfield.

Arrangements were by O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville and Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Judy Roberts Ford

Judy Roberts Ford, 62, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 3, 2013. A native of Lake Village and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life. She loved and was an avid supporter of all veterans and called Bingo at the Veterans of Foreign War Hamburg Lodge for many years. She made peanut butter pies for the police and fire departments and cooked at the Woodmen of the World Summer Youth Camp until it closed. She operated the Angels Home Daycare until her health failed and made neck pillows for her fellow dialysis friends at the Lake Village Dialysis Clinic. She loved to travel, making various arts and crafts and attended the Lighthouse Family Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Tammy Lynn Edwards and husband Jamie of Hamburg and Patricia Ann Williamson and husband Jerod of Wilmot; four brothers, Jimmy, James, Raymond and Danny Roberts; a sister, Lynda Davey, all of Hamburg; four grandchildren, Jeremy Edwards and wife Jessica, Rebecca Edwards, Kristina Edwards and Christopher Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Ford, in 1995; her parents, Johnny and Ruby Trantham Roberts; and a sister, Pat Swan in 2012.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, December 5, at the Lighthouse Family Church with Rev. Warren Finney officiating with a private burial in the Judson Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Scottie Roberts, Joe Roberts, John Roberts, David Williams, Wade Edwards, Trey Jones, Jonathan Jones, Dewel Williamson and the staff of Fast Ambulance Service. Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Veterans Monument Repair Fund, c/o Home Bank, P.O. Box 178, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Emmie Kinnaird

Emmie Kinnaird, 69, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado. A native of Jones, LA, and a resident of Hamburg for 55 years, she was a Hamburg School District employee for 39 years, working as a bus driver, cafeteria worker, cafeteria manager and child nutrition director for 33 years. She was the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2001, a charter member of Ashley County Cares and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Shields and husband Steven and Tammy Streeter and husband Randy; three grandchildren, Drew Shields and wife Jodi, Shelby Streeter and Skyler Streeter; a great-granddaughter, Mady Shields, all of Hamburg; two sisters, Katherine Basso and husband Mike of Sumter, SC, and Patricia Wells of Slidell, LA; two brothers, Robert Crenshaw of Little Rock and Joe Crenshaw and wife Kay of Bastrop, LA; a brother-in-law, I.V. Barthol of Jones, LA; and a special companion, Jim Woods. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, former Ashley County Judge Larry Kinnaird; her parents, Harvey and Paralee Petty Crenshaw; two sisters, Shirlene Pruitt and Marion Barthol; and two brothers, Henry Ferrell and Boyd Crenshaw.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Reese and Norman Higginbotham officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Ray Summerland, Julian Bayless, Bobby Miller, Norman Higginbotham, Damien Moyers, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Smith, Stan Haynie and Ryne Haynie. Honorary pallbearers were members of Ashley County Cares. Burial was in the Extra Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ashley County Cares, P. O. Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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

Macelle McLeod McDougald

Macelle Dell McLeod McDougald, 82, of Crossett died on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 11, 1930, in Wilmot to Harvey Irving (H. I.) and Mabel Crawford McLeod, she was an active member of Magnolia Baptist Church and the Holland Hunting Club and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy McDougald and wife Diane and Benny McDougald and wife Linda of Crossett; three grandchildren, Paul McDougald and wife Paula of Greenbrier, Wes McDougald and wife Ashley of Crossett and Tommy Jason McDougald and wife Wendy of Chatham, LA; a brother, Bill McLeod and wife Louise; a sister, Delores Skender; five great-grandchildren, Julia, Grant, Hadley, Korban and Jacie; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. McDougald was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Basil and Doyle McLeod; a sister, Marilyn Collier; a great-grandson, Thomas Gabrielle McDougald; and her husband of 53 years, Tommy Willard McDougald, Sr.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 9, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Paul McDougald, Wes McDougald, Tommy Jason McDougald, Lloyd Dean Leonard, Dale Hunt and James Cunningham. Memorials may be made to Magnolia Baptist Church, 822 Marais Saline Rd., Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ben F. Murphy

Ben F. Murphy, 89, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County and a former resident of Fort Worth and Hurst, Texas, until moving back to Hamburg in 1977, he graduated from Crossett High School in 1942 and was a home builder, a millwright and a business owner. He was a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge; a 32nd Degree Master Mason and had received a 50 year pin, a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite; a member of the Carpenters & Joiners Union and had received his 50 year pin and was a former member of the Carlock Cemetery Board. He was a member of the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sally Ann Bolin Murphy; a daughter, Melissa Martin and husband Bob; a sister-in-law, Merle Murphy; two grandsons, Jarred D. Martin and Chance Murphy Martin, all of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sallie Maxwell Murphy; six brothers, Hugh, Bob, Charlie, Fred, Howard "Pete" and Dick Murphy; and three sisters, Laura Clark, Eleanor Honeycutt and Thelma Daniels.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, at the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Toby Austin officiating. Burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery. Masons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, 998 Ashley 14 N, Crossett, AR 71635.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Conrad Pennington

Conrad Pennington, 84, of Hamburg died Monday, December 9, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg who lived in the Crossroads community, he was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked as a land surveyor for the past 40 years and was a member of the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by a son, Jimmy Pennington and wife Judy; a brother, Bruce Pennington of Hamburg; three sisters, Merle Murphy and Annette Craig of Hamburg and Macel Rodgers of Crossett; three grandchildren, Suzanne Ricks of Snyder, Tim Pennington and wife Emily of Hoover, Alabama, and Kevin Pennington and wife Andee of Hamburg; five great-grandchildren, Percy, Payton, Michael, Sadie and M. J. Pennington; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bobbie Ann Swan Pennington, in 2007; a son, Michael Pennington, in 1977; a daughter, Brenda Gail Ricks, in 1984; his parents, McClellan and Annie Lou Howard Pennington; three brothers, Don, Elton and M. C. Pennington; and a sister, Erma Lou Pennington Sharp.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 12, in the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Keith Boseman and Bob Whitley officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers are Reagan Craig, Phillip Craig, Mickey Pennington, Ricky Pennington, Kenny Pennington, Mack Pennington, Jeff Pennington, Royce Sharp, Ronnie Rodgers and Gerry Rodgers. Honorary pallbearers are Luther Richardson, John Richardson and Derrall Ricks. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church, 266 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Betty Jane Yates

Betty Jane Yates, 78, of Crossett died Thursday, December 5, 2013, at her home. Born on September 11, 1935, to William and Ida Ogden in Fulton, LA, she married Donald Ray Yates on December 31, 1959, after three years of dating. Her hobbies included shopping, talking on the phone, listening intently to a police scanner and crappie fishing from a camp at Grand Lake in Eudora. She was a homemaker the majority of her life and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Ray Yates; four children, Connie Anita Herrington, Ronnie Oneal Bowen and Vickie and Pamela Ruth Abney and Tim of Crossett and Carolyn Sue Hendrix and Robert of West Monroe, LA; four siblings, Reba Burnett, Arderie Ogden, and Molly Stanley of Crossett and Ronald Ogden of Macon, GA; ten grandchildren, Bryan Fields, Donna McDonald, Brooke Herrington, Chad Hendrix, Jessica Morrison, Ryan Abney, Blake Abney, Jennifer Abney, Jarrod Bowen and Stacie Midwell; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Jesse and Ida Drue Ogden; and two brothers, Russell Oneal Ogden and Roland "A.J." Ogden.

Services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating, under the direction of Medders Funeral Home, followed by burial at the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad Hendrix, Ryan Abney, Blake Abney, Jarrod Bowen, Patrick Morrison, Ken McDonald, Bryan Fields and Andrew McDonald.

Memorial donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House at donate.rmhc.org. An online guest book available at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Published December 18

Alma Mae Barnett

Alma Mae Barnett, 77, of Hamburg died Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Fountain Hill, she had lived in Hamburg for over 50 years, retired from the Hamburg Shirt Factory and was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Fountain Hill. She loved watching television, and sports were her favorite and listening to and singing along with gospel music.

She is survived by one son, Jamie Barnett of Sedalia, MO; two daughters, Marilyn Wilson and husband Reggie and Janice Williamson and husband Gary of Hamburg; four brothers, Thomas David of Fountain Hill, Gregory David and wife Audrey of Crossett, Richard David and wife Barbara of Pine Bluff and Ricky David and wife Connie of Oakland, CA; four sisters, Robizine Sawyer and Faye Franklin of Kansas City, MO, Dorothy David of Oakland, CA, and Mary Williams of Montgomery, AL; twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives loved ones and friends. Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Barnett; two sons, Ronnie David and Bobby "Spoon" Barnett; one grandson, Andrew Baker; her parents, Robert and Mary David; one brother, Billy Ray David; and one sister, Earlene Miller.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. Robert Adams, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Steverson Howard, Dewayne Davis, Billy Pippen, Dexter Jenkins, Jimmy Pippen and James Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas, Richard, Gregory and Rickey David. Burial will be in the Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation Tuesday, December 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published December 25

Zelma Johnson Barnett

Zelma Johnson Barnett, 89, of Crossett died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, she retired from Chase Bag Company after 40 years of service, was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and loved going to church and gospel singings. She also loved working in her flower beds.

She is survived by a son, Lloyd D. Leonard and wife Diane of Crossett; a sister, Grace Hopper of Crossett; two grandchildren, Ricky Leonard and wife Roxanne and Dana Chavis and husband Dale; five great-grandchildren, Danielle and Kacee Jo Leonard and Devin, Daley and Phillip Chavis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.T. Barnett; her parents, T.E. "Bud" and Frannie Burchell Johnson; a brother, Grady Johnson; and three sisters, Amzie Frisby, Vera Ware and Ann Moates.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 21, at the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Griffith and Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Ronnie Hopper, Ricky Leonard, John Hughes, Harold Tucker, Keith Wesson and Jerry Grant. Memorials may be made to the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, 324 Bell Branch Road, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Gary Dean Gilbert

Gary Dean Gilbert, 73, of Crossett died on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on January 15, 1940, in Fordyce to Fines and Lonie Barnes Gilbert, he was an avid outdoorsman and a Baptist. He retired from Georgia Pacific as a shipping supervisor.

Survivors include three sons, Burt Gilbert and John Gilbert of Crossett and Steven Gilbert of Hamburg; one daughter, Lara Kilcrease of Crossett; one brother, Jimmie Gilbert of Crossett; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, C.C. Mae Gilbert; and a brother, Billy Joe Green.

Cremation arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Louise Jones Holliday

Louise Jones Holliday, 81, of Pineville, LA, formerly of Parkdale, died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Lake View Regional Hospital in Covington, LA. During her career, she was an administrative assistant for the International Paper Company and retired after 25 years of service. Mrs. Holliday was a member of Pineville Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, John Oliver Holliday, Jr.; two children, John Benjamin Holliday and Mary Stratton; five grandchildren, Katrina Holliday, Benny Holliday, Carrie Holliday Sneed, Natalie Stratton and Jordan Cruz; six great-grandchildren, Safia Rabbani, Lalia Rabbani, Daniel Sneed, Claire Sneed, Maya Holliday and Jonah Holliday; and three siblings, Glenda Lambert, Linda Myers and J. W. Jones. She was preceded in death by her parents, Scott and Agnes Jones, and two siblings, Margie Maxwell and Jack Jones.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with Reverend Steve McAlister officiating. Grave-side services followed at 4 p.m. at the Parkdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Huntington's Research, HDSA 05 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, NY, NY 10018. Online guest book at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

Harold James Hollis

Harold James Hollis, 66, of Fountain Hill died Friday, December 20, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident. A native of Bradley County and a resident of Fountain Hill for most of his life, he retired from Georgia-Pacific's paper mill in 1995 after 34 years of service. He was a member of the Eden Baptist Church and loved helping his friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ilene Kelley Hollis of Fountain Hill; four daughters, Hazel Hollis of Hamburg, Sherri Strecker of Winnsboro, LA, Rose Hatten of Monroe, LAm and Charlotte Margolis and husband, Michael, of Nashville, TN; a son, John Dye of Crossett; three brothers, Ralph Hollis of Fountain Hill, Jack Hollis of Huntsville, AL,and Paul Hollis of Blytheville; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard amd Hazel Stanley Hollis; and two brothers, W. L. "Dub" Hollis and J. D. Hollis.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Monday, December 23, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Bill Elton and Terry Kelley officiating. Burial was to be at the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Terry Hollis, Michael Margolis, Brian Kelley, Mike Kelley, Jay Kelley and Chris Choate. Honorary pallbearers were to be Charles Ralph Hollis and Rev. Terry Kelley. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1009 Wolfe Street, Little Rock, AR 72202. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Opal Russell

Opal Russell, 84, of Boydell died Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Keller Oaks Healthcare Center in Keller, Texas. A native and lifelong resident of Boydell, she was a homemaker, a farmer's wife and a member of the Boydell Baptist Church. She loved her garden, working in her flower beds, playing Chinese checkers, taking care of her yard and enjoyed cooking for her friends and family.

She is survived by a son, Ricky Russell of Boydell; three daughters, Gail Doyle of North Richland Hills, Texas, Becky Young of Richardson, Texas, and Cindy Allen of Little Rock; two brothers, Raymond Maglothin of Birmingham, Alabama, and Danny Maglothin of Little Rock; two sisters, Polly Adair of North Little Rock and Jenette Anderson of Weatherford, Texas; five grandchildren, Jeff Doyle, Chastity Bowden, Sudie Brockman, Ashlyn Young and Cameron Allen; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Reed Russell, Jr., in 1994; three grandsons, Jason K. Doyle, Aaron Allen and Jerod Allen Doyle; her parents, Walter L. and Ola Pearl Fuller Maglothin; a brother, Jimmy Earl Maglothin; and a sister, Shug Draper.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 19, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial was in the Dermott Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Rice, Ronnie Pamplin, Pat Maglothin, Wyatt Bowden, Dylan Bowden and Cody Brockman.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Arkansas Association, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Joy Carolyn Sasser

Joy Carolyn Sasser, 72, of Crossett died on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at her home. Born on December 12, 1941, to the late Cecil and Joy Watson, she was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, the adult Sunday School class and had previously taught a women's Sunday School class. She received an associate degree in business from South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado. Her employers included Tri-State Mill Supply and First National Bank, and she eventually retired from Felsenthal after 10 years of employment. She enjoyed reading, shopping, and making her girls matching dresses.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Sasser of Crossett; two daughters, Debbie Sharp and Bruce of Crossett and Shelly Diestel and Jim of Fort Worth, TX; three stepchildren, Carla Christian and Bill of Germantown, TN; Scott Sasser and Donna and Jason Sasser of Crossett. She was blessed with seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Survivors also include two sisters, Cecilia Lamb and Charles and Gay Jackson and Larry; four nephews and one niece.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. David Tohlen and Eric Hodge officiating followed by burial at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were to be Chris Lamb, Zack Jackson, Aaron Jackson, David Rice, John

Hammonds and Steven Sharp. Honorary pallbearers were to be Brett Henry, Joi Adair and Phillip Sharp. Visitation was to be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, December 23, at Medders Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Home Care www.hospicehomecare.com. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

She is survived by one son, Jamie Barnett of Sedalia, MO; two daughters, Marilyn Wilson and husband Reggie and Janice Williamson and husband Gary of Hamburg; four brothers, Thomas David of Fountain Hill, Gregory David and wife Audrey of Crossett, Richard David and wife Barbara of Pine Bluff and Ricky David and wife Connie of Oakland, CA; four sisters, Robizine Sawyer and Faye Franklin of Kansas City, MO, Dorothy David of Oakland, CA, and Mary Williams of Montgomery, AL; twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives loved ones and friends. Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Barnett; two sons, Ronnie David and Bobby "Spoon" Barnett; one grandson, Andrew Baker; her parents, Robert and Mary David; one brother, Billy Ray David; and one sister, Earlene Miller.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. Robert Adams, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Steverson Howard, Dewayne Davis, Billy Pippen, Dexter Jenkins, Jimmy Pippen and James Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas, Richard, Gregory and Rickey David. Burial will be in the Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation Tuesday, December 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

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