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January 2

Robert Glenn Barrett

Robert Glenn Barrett, 63, of Foreman died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burtis and Charlene Barrett of Crossett.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Barrett of Foreman; four children, Missy Barrett of Felsenthal, Laurie Tucker of Huttig, Robert Barrett, Jr., of Texas, and Brian Barrett of Hamburg; two sisters, Donna McCleary of Texas and Mary Johnson and husband Jimmy Van of Fordyce; one niece, Stacey McCleary of Texas; two nephews, Gary Johnson of Fordyce and Sammy Johnson of Pine Bluff; four step children and seven grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home of DeQueen.

Dewitt Bates

Dewitt Bates, 84, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for the past 52 years and a former resident of Bastrop, Louisiana, he worked for International Paper for 38 years until retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Bastrop, was the caretaker for the Trafalgar Cemetery for many years, was an avid hunter and sold produce from a stand at his home.

Survivors are two daughters, Ruth Jeffers and Kay Bates of Snyder; two sisters, Gladys Pryor of Monticello and Adine Irons of Snyder; three grandchildren, Walter Rowe, Vlissa Rowe and Jennifer Jeffers; and five greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Mae Gwin Bates, in 2007; a daughter, Betty Ann Rowe, in 2006; his parents, Walter and Laura Ellinburg Bates; a brother, Robert Bates; and two sisters, Dorothy Finley and Beulah Gates.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, December 28, at the Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. Sammy Land and Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial was in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Thomas Minga, Dan Atwood, Junior Irons, Toby Irons, Micky Gwin, Dale Bates, Wesley Alexander and Mark Stanley.

Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.

Lee Anner Bealer

Lee Anner Bealer, 66, of Monticello died on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Arkansas Hospice Center in Little Rock. She was born on March 20, 1946, in Thebes.

She is survived by one brother, James Bealer, Jr., and wife Geraldine of Monticello; one sister, Pearlene Bealer of Monticello; and one foster brother Collie Anderson and wife Carolyn of Monticello, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Although she never had any biological children, she helped to raise many, including a foster son, Myron Davis; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bealer, Sr., and Mary Bealer; one sister, Virginia Bealer; and a foster daughter, Lanesia Davis.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, at the First Baptist Church, 546 North Bailey Street, in Monticello with Reverand Henry F. Richardson officiating. Arrangements are by Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello.

Irene Coleman Fields

Irene Coleman Fields, (Mother Fields), 97, of Crossett died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Doctor's Hospital West, Columbus, Ohio. Born on October 29, 1915, in Walkerville, Arkansas, to the late Norman and Arelee Autry Coleman, she graduated from Waldo High School and was known for her basketball skills. For a number of years, she was self-employed and owned a trucking business and janitorial service. She was employed as a custodian for the Crossett School System until she retired. After retirement she worked as a foster grandparent with the Crossett School System where she earned numerous recognition certificates for her service. As a faithful member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ, formerly King David Temple C.O.G.I.C., she served on the mother's board and trustee board and was also a Sunday School teacher for many years. She became ill in 2011 and moved to Ohio to live with her daughter.

She is survived by her son, Carson Fields and wife Bettye of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Sandra Hall Jackson of Hilliard, OH; a special daughter and niece, Gertherene Johnson Wright and husband Otis of Hacienda Heights, California; her daughter- in-law, Alberta Howard Francis; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 4, at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ in Crossett with a viewing at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Smith's Cemetery in Waldo under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

James Allen Gibson

James Allen Gibson, 63, of Crossett died on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at The Woods in Monticello. Born on July 4, 1949, in Crossett to Travis M. and Jean Phillips Gibson, he was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Gibson of Monticello; an aunt, Marnell Burchfield of Crossett; and several other relatives.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 29, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Donnie DuBose officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ethel Reeves

Ethel Reeves, 81, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at her residence. A native of Bodcow, a resident of Hamburg for the past 35 years and a former resident of Crossett and Goodwill, LA, she was a homemaker and a member of the Hamburg Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Edna Henslee of Hamburg; a son, Danny Ray Hawthorne of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren and one greatgreatgrandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Reeves; a son, Dickey Youngblood; her parents, Clint and Cora Lee Turnage Brantley; two brothers, Clyde “Junior” Brantley and Buddy Brantley; and four sisters, Artie Tawwater, Jane Brantley, Myrtle Hovater and Velmer Phillips.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 29, in the Unity Cemetery with Rev. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Henslee, Scott Young, Zack Young and Audie McCollum. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450. Funeral arrangements were by JonesHartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.

Jacqueline Davis Wilkes

Jacqueline Davis Wilkes, 84, of Lake Havasu, Arizona, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the Life Care Specialty Hospital in Ruston, Louisiana. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, a resident of Lake Havasu for a number of years and a former resident of Hamburg and Crossett, she was a homemaker and worked at the gift shop of the Grand Canyon and in the gift shop at the London Bridge in Lake Havasau. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice Rice and husband Danny of Hamburg and Vicki Wilkes of Pittsburg, PA; a son, Gary Wilkes of Los Angeles, CA; a sister, Jeraldine Cooksley of Thomasville, GA; and two granddaughters, Bridget Iorio of Little Rock and Desirae Rice of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Joseph Wilkes, in 1979 and her parents, Charles and Velma Goodwin Davis.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, in the chapel of JonesHartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. John Williams and Arnold Sheets officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Alex Iorio, Luke Briley, Eddie Black, Steve Naff, Lane Culp and Steven Terry. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Edmondson and Randy Gifford.

Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life in memory of Jacqueline Davis Wilkes, 1101 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.

Junior Willis

Junior Willis, 76, of Wilmot died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. He was a lifelong resident of Parkdale and Wilmot and a retired farmer and a Baptist. He loved western movies, wrestling and playing his harmonica.

He is survived by seven sons, Darrell Heard of Gardenia, CA, Tommy Lee Willis of Cornelius, OK, Harry Cole and wife Ardella of Eudora, Nathaniel Cole of Hawthorne, CA, Ricky Cole and wife Erma of Capitol Heights, MD, Willie Willis and wife Alice of Monticello and Billy Ray Heard and wife Mary of Omaha, NE; five daughters, Julia Gaston and husband Joe and Sandrual Cole of District Heights, MD, Beverly Heard and husband Robert of Wilmot, Frances Mae Willis and Idelle Bell and husband Bruce of Pine Bluff; 51 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mae Willis; his parents, Tommy and Frances Mae Willis; four brothers, James McPherson, Albert Avery, Frank Moore and Sylvester Cooper; and two sisters, Willie Mae Payne and Willie Lee Whitaker.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, at First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Elder Lee Gaston officiating. Pallbearers are Johnny Lee Gaston, Robert Stanley, Jr., Frank Ramey, Billy Kitchen, Calvin Walker and Dale Diggs. Honorary pallbearers are sons and grandsons. Burial was planned at the St. Martha Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net,

Joan Witherington

Joan Cheeseman Witherington, 75, of Linden, Texas, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born January 13, 1937, in Mobile, Alabama, to John and Pauline Lowery Cheeseman, she was a retired NICU nurse for Civil Service and a member of Linden United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, John Witherington of Linden; two daughters, Denise Williams of Linden and Juanita Polovchena and husband Walt of Rock Hill; a son, Todd Witherington and wife Grace of Austin; a brother, John Cheeseman; nine grandchildren, Mike Villanueva and wife Becky, Darreyl Witherington and wife Jessica and Jennifer Witherington of Rock Hill; Brandy Goff and husband Mike of Columbus, GA, Kristy Richards and Jamie Polovchena of Florida, Trisha Witherington of Crowley, LA, Ross Williams of Fouke, and Garrett Williams and wife, Kayla of Ruston, LA; many great-grandchildren, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Linden United Methodist Church with Rev. James McMillen officiating. Burial was in the Linden Cemetery under the direction of ReederDavisSchindler Funeral Home. Online guestbook may be signed at www.reederdavis.com.

Obituaries Published January 9

Mae Daugherty

Mae Daugherty, 80, of Malvern died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern. A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, a resident of Malvern since 2008 and a former 20 year resident of Virginia Beach, VA, and Chicago, Illinois, she worked for the National Safety Council in Chicago and she was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by two stepsons, David Daugherty of Charlottesville, VA, and Michael Daugherty of Delaware, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Sandra Honaker of Charlottesville; a sister, Pat Sled and husband Charles of Malvern and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brinson R. Daugherty, in 2006; her parents, Harvey and Maurine Weeks McDaniel; a brother, Harold McDaniel; and a sister, Doris Daugherty.

Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, in the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Michael Reese officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

SSG Roderick Michael Day

Staff Sergeant Roderick Michael Day, 24, of Columbia, SC, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Naples, Italy, and had lived on a naval base with his legal residency in Crossett. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Army, a Baptist and a 2006 graduate of Crossett High School. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish and play soccer.

SSG Day was a member of the following units: Co. B 1-327th, 101st Airborne Div (Screaming Eagles) and HQ CO A 3/60 Inf. He received the following badges or awards during his service: Drill Sgt., Combat Infantry, Expert Infantry and Air Assault, Purple Heart Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Medal Army Service and Overseas Ribbons.

Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Day of Falls Church, VA, his wife, Courtney Day; his brother, Joshua Day; his maternal grandmother, Sue Nuckolls; an uncle, Jerry Day, all of Crossett; three other uncles, James Day and wife Peggy of Bastrop, LA, Thomas Day of Panama City, FL, and David Day and wife Nancy of Saraland, AL; an aunt, Judy Langley of Monticello, and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John William Day; his maternal step-grandfather, Roderick Botenfield Nuckolls; and an uncle, John Dennis Day.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, at First Freewill Baptist Church in North Crossett with Bros. Gene Cullem, Brian Ray and Chris Sexton officiaing. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Crossroads Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc., of Hamburg. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Josefina Gonzalez

Josefina Barajas Gonzalez, 87, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at her residence. A native of Michoacan, Mexico, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 12 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Hamburg First United Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Pedro Gonzalez; a son, Ysaac Gonzalez and wife Maria of Hamburg; two daughters, Alicia Mondragon and husband Fidel of Hamburg and Rosa Corcoles and husband Juan of Dumas; two brothers, Antonio and Vernave Barajas of Mexico; three sisters, Rita and Refujio Barajas of Mexico and Matilda Barajas of Arizona; 14 grandchildren, Rosalinda Martinez and husband Valdemar, Lucila Hernandez and husband Ramiro, Miguel Mondragon and wife Norma, Cecilio Mondragon and wife Dolores, Antonia Torros and husband Juan Manuel, Celita Brooks and husband Kirby, Pedro Gonzalez and wife Carolina, Alicia Cluff and husband Ronald, Gerardo Gonzalez and wife Anessa, Ashley Purinton and husband Nathan, Hilda Chaves and husband Antonio, Issac Gonzalez, Beatris Corcoles and Rosio Corcoles; 28 great-grandchildren, Crystal, Carla, Valdemar and Diego Martinez, Perla, Lizeht and Adam Hernandez, Alonandro, Isabella and Massimo Mondragon, Kayro, Tristian, Evan and Lilly Mondragon, Atcirz, Manuel and Alexandra Torres, Tyson, Saxton and Pierson Brooks, Guerann, Alondra, Bryan and Uriel Gonzalez, Gabriella Cluff, Matthew and Marshall Gonzalez and Ethan Chaves.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Antonio and Cecilio Gonzalez; a daughter, Rosa Gonzalez; three grandchildren, Teresa Gonzalez, Miguel Angel Mondragon and Rafael Corcoles; her parents, Leonardo Barajas and Transito Martinez; and two sisters, Carmen Barajas and Salud Barajas.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 5, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Townsend officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gerardo Gonzalez, Pedro Gonzalez, Issac Gonzalez, Miguel Mondragon, Antonio Chaves and Valdemar Martinez. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Eloise Mayo Johnson

Eloise Mayo Johnson, 85, of Wilmot died on Friday, January 4, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 16, 1927, in Jones, LA, to George Naff and Bertha Leliah Manning Mayo, Mrs. Johnson was a member of Parkdale Baptist Church and was a retired nurse with 60 years of service.

Survivors include one son, Edward Curry, Jr., and wife Vicki of Shaw, MS; two brothers, Derwood Mayo and wife Shirley of Amity and Billy Ray Mayo and wife Louetta of Crossett; three sisters, Matalane Preston of Wilmot, Mettie Sue White of Magnolia, TX. and Betty Faye Smith and husband Ben of Crossett; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rev. Albert H. Johnson; two daughters, Sharon Kay Parham and Teresa Mayo; and two brothers, Eugene Mayo and George Mayo, Jr.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Bob Bridges and Ron White officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Edward Curry, Jr., Shannon Johnson, Greg Bruton, Lance Mills, Mark Mayo and Daniel Mills. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Mills and Bobby Foster. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Vera Martin

Vera Martin, 92, of Maumelle, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Warren, was retired from the Georgia Pacific plywood mill and was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survivied by one daughter, Patricia Courtney and husband Nuby of Maumelle; nine grandchildren, Kaseem Smith, Jason Smith, Kanielle Smith and husband Thomas, Gwen Miller, Brenda Watson, Schonda Lockhart, Steven Clark, Atlas Clark and Willie Joe Clark; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elester Martin; one son, Willie Joe Lee Clark; and her parents, Willie "Weedy" and Carrie Hines Martin.

Grave-side services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, at the Westview Cemetery with Rev. Arthur Lanos officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Martin, James Martin, Aaron Thomas, Kaseem Smith, Jason Smith and Atlas Clark. Arrangements are by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

David Milton McClellan

David Milton McClellan, 45, of Camden died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Born November 19, 1967, in Warren, he was a retired automotive technician.

He was survived by his father, James McClellan of Camden; his mother, Sue Brown Shackelford of Camden; a maternal grandmother, Sybil Brown of New Edinburg; a daughter, Andrea McClellan of Camden; a stepson, Spencer Musgrave of Camden; a brother, Johnny McClellan and wife Jennifer of Crossett; many aunts, uncles, nephews; and a niece.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 5, at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden with burial in the Moseley Cemetery in Bradley County. Rev. Don Phillips officiated at the service. Online guest register at www.proctorfuneralhome.com

Vera Mildred Mills

Vera Mildred Mills, 70, of Crossett died Monday, December 31, 2012, at her residence. She was a native of Portland, a homemaker and a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ray Mills; two daughters, Pamela Lay and husband Charles of San Antonio, TX, and Deborah Dennison and husband Norman of Mauckport, IN; one brother, Fred Pamplin of Crossett; one sister, Frankie McKenzie of Crossett; six grandchildren, Matthew, Alyssa and Cassie Dennison, Charissa Schaefer and Christopher and Ashley Lay and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Voyde V. and Thurlar Spurlock Pamplin; three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. John Edwards officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Johnson, Matthew Dennison, James Mills, Bobby Streeter, Jerry Streeter and Allen Hall. Burial was in the Beech Creek Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

William Mac Sanders

William Mac “ Bill" Sanders, 89, of Many, LA, (formerly of Warren) died Monday, December 31, 2012, in Many. Born September 3, 1923, in Warren, a son of the late Keith Sanders and Davie Leslie Sanders, he was a retired mill supervisor with Louisiana Pacific with over 35 years of service and was an United States Air Force veteran serving in World War II.

Survivors include a son, William K. "Bill" Sanders and spouse Becky of Corrigan, TX; a daughter, Donna Gail Rice and spouse Dale of Crossett; a brother, Edwin Sanders and spouse Jeanette of Warren; two sisters, Nan Walker of Warren and Peggy Temple and spouse Lawrence of Hahnville, LA; three grandchildren, Kelly Knott, Tammy Adams and Ricky Rice; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Eva Jean Parnell Sanders, who he married June 23, 1945, and who died January 21, 1994; a sister, Emma Watson; and a grandson, Keith Sanders.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 4, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Willie Thornhill officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Hairston, Chuck McGinty, Kenneth McDougald, Ricky Glennon, Crawford Adams, Ronald Rice, Derrick Knott and Clint Conner. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

Jesse Lee Vail

Jesse Lee "Toots" Vail, 65, of Hamburg died Monday, December 31, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Wilmot, a Hamburg resident most of his life, was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a Baptist. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by three sons, Chris Vail and wife Patrice of Crossett, Jamie Vail and wife Kim and Thomas Vail and wife Monica of Hamburg; one brother, Bobby Dale Vail and wife Pam of Bastrop, LA; one sister, Betty Elkins and husband James of Bastrop; nine grandchildren, Tara, Kaylon, Jacob, Josh, Ethan, Ganon and Gracie Vail, Madison Buchanan and Jacob Keller, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Dianne Knight Vail, in August, 2011; his parents, Narvin and Christeen Vines Vail and one brother, Samuel Vail.

Grave-side funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 4, at the Bell Cemetery outside Wilmot with Bros. Phillip Boles and Elvin McDill officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Robert Carl Wells

Robert Carl Wells, Jr., 75, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, died on Monday, December 31, 2012, following a battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born in Wilmot on March 25, 1937, to Minnie Belle and Robert Carl Wells, Sr., he spent most of his life in Wilmot. He was a graduate of Wilmot High School where was an award winning basketball player. He graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was very successful in farming and in the cotton ginning industry and his family was selected as Ashley County's Farm Family of the Year. He was active in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, owning horses for both pleasure and show. He also enjoyed piloting his own plane. Following retirement, he moved to Gulf Shores and enjoyed golfing and spending time with friends. He was a huge fan of Razorback football and basketball.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tatum Wells; a son, Robert Carl Wells, III, of Little Rock; a daughter, Nancy Anne Branton and Suzi Altman of Brandon, MS; a daughter, Holly Branton Horncastle and Court Horncastle of West Monroe, LA; a grandson, David Walker King of West Monroe; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Belle Fikes Wells; his father, Robert Carl Wells, Sr., and a sister, Carolyn Wells Ainsworth.

Grave-side services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 12, at the Wilmot Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or to Covenant Hospice, 1040 Stanton Road, Suite D., Daphne, AL 36526. Arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Obituaries Published January 16

Olen Bynum Burchfield

Olen Bynum Burchfield, 84, of Zachary, LA, and formerly of Crossett, died on Friday, January 11, 2013. Born on December 29, 1928, in Crossett Camp to Frank Bynum and Bertha Jordan Burchfield, he was an Army veteran and retired from Georgia Pacific, where he worked as a wood yard superintendent for 42 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Hamburg Lodge #465. He coached baseball, was a LSU and Detroit Tigers fan, an avid fisherman and a member of First Baptist Church of Zachary.

Survivors include sons, Larry Burchfield of White Hall, Greg Burchfield of Dallas, TX, William "Billy" Erwin and wife Patti of Zachary, and Jon Erwin and wife Margie of Baton Rouge, LA; daughters, Janet Mills and husband David of Crossett, Cyndy Erwin Degler and husband Albert of St. Francisville, LA, Julie Erwin Hussey and Jennifer Erwin Hussey and husband Ralph of Zachary; one brother, Jackie Burchfield of Crossett; one sister, Becky Pritchett of Simsboro, LA; 21 grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tommie Myers Erwin Burchfield; a brother, Bobby Frank Burchfield; and a sister, Patsy Ann Ray.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 14, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Wilton Wall and Ken Burchfield officiating. Pallbearers were Ben Erwin, Jonathan Greer, Brett Degler, LCpl Jason Degler, Tyler Mills, Jerard "Jojo" Hussey, Joshua Hussey and Ryan Erwin. Honorary pallbearers were members of Hamburg Prairie Lodge #465 Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Robert Glen Howie

Robert Glen Howie, 71, of Crossett, who was born August 18, 1941, died on Friday, January 4, 2013. He was a member of Meridian Baptist Church in Crossett.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Pat) Howie; his children, Richie Howie, Lori Floyd, and Curt Howie; a brother, Charles E. Howie; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Edrene Howie; and a brother, Dave William Howie.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 7, at Meridian Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Arkansas Funeral Care. Memorials may be made to the Gideons. Guest book at www.arkansasfuneralcare.com.

Vivian DeLong Howie

Vivian DeLong Howie, 94, of Sherwood died on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Northridge Nursing & Rehab. Born November 17, 1918, to Fred S. and Hattie Bell Fields Delong in Baskin, LA, Mrs. Howie was a member of First Baptist Church of Sherwood. They belonged to the Good Sam's Camping Club prior to her husband's death. She liked to quilt and sew.

Survivors include one son, Fred "Butch" Howie of Oak Harbor, WA; two daughters, Dixie Morgan and Becki Wilson of Sherwood; one sister, Fredia Bolin of Sherwood; five grandchildren, Renee Morgan, Seantele Foreman, Misti Garrison, Kathy Dewitter and Artie Watkins; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Voyle DeLong and Sherman DeLong; a sister, Mildred Furgerson; and her husband, D. W. Howie.

Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Lee officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Inc., 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ada Rhone

Ada Rhone, 85, of Hamburg, formerly of Parkdale, died at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village on Friday, January 4, 2013.

Survivors include five daughters, Melba Rhone and Willie Lee Jones of Parkdale, Lena Mae Payne of Wakeegan, IL, Mary Hicks of Crossett and Ethel Jones of Wilmot; three sons, Dan Smith and wife Loretta and Eddie Jones and wife Lenora of Hamburg and Jessie Parker of Parkdale; one brother, Eugene Downs of Crossett; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Burial was on the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Gallion, LA, with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Weldon Rice

Weldon "Biddie" Rice, 84, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a resident of the Milo community for the past 56 years, he retired in 1991 from Georgia-Pacific's tissue mill. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Hamburg Prairie Masonic Lodge #465, a member of the Milo Fire Department and a former member of the Milo Riding Club.

He is survived by a son, Danny Wade Rice and wife Janice of Hamburg; two sisters, Charlotte Lane and Burline Rice Clark of Crossett; three granddaughters, Farrah Lansdale of Hamburg, Bridget Rice Iorio of Little Rock and Desirae Rice of Hamburg; and two great-grandchildren, Harley and Bryce Sawyer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Opal Virginia Meeks Rice, in 2005; a daughter, Wanda Laynett Stanley, in 2001; his parents, Wade and Effie Ware Rice and a brother, Berlis Rice.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 13, at the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Mark Elliott and Billy Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Robert Meeks, Lane Culp, Jimmy Meeks, Regan Rush, Randy Gifford and John Gary Crain. Honorary pallbearers were William Dunmon, Bob Rush, Larry Meeks and Dickey Meeks.

Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life, In Memory of Weldon Rice, 1101 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Sulisteen Harden Riley

Sulisteen "Jude" Harden Riley, 84, of Lacey died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born June 6, 1928, to the late Dan Wesley and Katie Mae Sims Harden.

Survivors include her husband, Tyree Riley; three sisters, Larnie Mae Ferrell of Indianapolis, IN, and Claudia Handley and Carline Satterwhite of Monticello; three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one sister, Murl Hendrix; and five brothers, Johnny Lee, Will, D.S., Henry, and Eugene Harden.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, at Christian Brothers Funeral Home in Monticello followed by burial at the Lacey Cemetery.

Clifton Sadler

Clifton Sadler, 95, of Portland, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Portland, he was a retired automobile mechanic and worked for Top Cat Fish Farms for several years. He was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church, an avid fisherman and hunter and he loved working in his garden.

He is survived by two sons, Roger Sadler and wife Shirley of Parkdale and Richard Sadler and wife Judy of Portland; two daughters, O'Leada Moyers and husband Danny of Crossett and Kathy Hill and husband Dean of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Mattie Fuller Sadler, in 2010; a son, Curtis Sadler; his parents, Jess and Ludie McDougald Sadler; two brothers, Tom and Easel Sadler; and a sister, Charlotte Potts.

Funeral services were set for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Terrie Lynn Bunnell officiating. Burial was to be in the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be George Moyers, Bill Moyers, Michael Sadler, Donald Sadler, Terry Sadler and Dea Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were to be Billy Grimes, Frank Grimes, Danny Ray Grimes, Carl Jeffers, Tommy Moyers, Stanton Veazey, Richard Murdaugh and Bill Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 174, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

William Bruce Taylor

William Bruce Taylor, 62, of Mt. Holly, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at his residence. A native of Monroe, LA, he was raised in Wilmot and lived in Crossett for 41 years. He enjoyed working in his yard, playing pool and also loved football and baseball.

He is survived by his daughter, Teri Taylor Kelley of Crossett; his mother, Louise Taylor of Crossett; one brother, David Taylor and wife Colleen of Boca Raton, FL; one sister, Elaine Murphy and husband Gary of Stuttgart; one grandson, Wil Taylor of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William "Buddy" Taylor, on October 22, 2009.

The remains were cremated. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published January 23

Rev. Curtis Brown

Rev. Curtis Brown, 84, of Ethel died Thursday, January 17, 2013. Born October 22, 1928, in Ethel, he was ordained into the ministry on October 3, 1954. He pastored Missionary Baptist Churches in Arkansas for 57 years. During that time he furthered his education by getting a doctorate in Bible languages. He had to resign from preaching due to poor health.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Christine Poston Brown; son, Dale Brown and wife Barbara of Monticello; a daughter, Sandra Gwin and husband James of Montrose; three grandchildren, James Curtis Gwin, Stephanie Hollis, and Christy Armbrust; and seven great-grandchildren, Jackson and Anna Claire Hollis, Cameron and Chloe Armbrust, Jacob, Kacee, and Mary Gwin.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Cecil M. Brown and Mattie Black Brown; four brothers, Clyde, Joe, Marion, and Buddy; one sister, Daisy Vee McSwain; and one infant daughter, Annette Marie Brown.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at Belleview Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, c/o Jo Alla Nutt, 121 W. 14th St., DeWitt, AR 72042.

Edwin "Ed" Fleming

Edwin "Ed" Fleming, 84, of Brandon, MS, died Friday, January 18, 2012. He lived most of his life in Arkansas where he was born and raised and had lived in Brandon for the past seven years. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 29 years in Crossett and was known as the whistling postman. Later he was a deputy for the Ashley County Sheriff's Department in Hamburg. He was an avid reader and a member of Truitt Memorial Baptist Church in Pearl.

He is survived by two sons, Ricky Fleming of Brandon and Jeff Fleming and wife Sheila of Nashville; two daughters, Karen Fleming of Brandon and Melissa Myers and husband Randy of Star; and grandchildren, Ethan, Win (Edwin), and Alexandra Fleming. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Bess Fleming.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, at the Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS, with burial to follow at the Rexford United Methodist Church Cemetery in Simpson County. Guest book at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com.

Raymond Lee Hampton

Raymond Lee "Rat" Hampton, 71, of Crossett died Friday, January 18, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Nursing Home. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired carpenter and a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed listening to gospel music and watching old western movies.

He is survived by four sons, Robert Hampton, Raymond Hampton, Jr., and wife Latissie, Sonny Earl Hampton and wife Kathy, all of Crossett, and Cleophis Hampton of Dallas, TX; three daughters, Otha Jean Hampton of Oakland, CA, LaJoyce McBride of Washington and Ruth Hampton of Crossett; five brothers, Billy Hampton and wife Betty, Johnny, Charles and Roy Hampton, all of Crossett, and Troy Hampton of Camden; six sisters, Beulah Daniels and husband Curley of Crossett, Mary Hendrix,??? Corene Hampton of Sacramento, CA, Leola Davis and husband Thomas, Lois Hampton and, Eula Woods, all of Vallejo, CA; 25 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews other family loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David and Demontrius Hampton; his parents, Rev. Dallas and Elizabeth Carney Hampton; four brothers, Clinton, Junior, Walter and Levell Hampton; and one sister: Dorothy Hampton-Wright.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday, January 25, at Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. Tracey Hampton officiating. Pallbearers will be Courtney Hampton, Craig Hampton, Corey Williams, Harold Lewis, Caine Webb and Cedric Black. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Hollins, Ollie Jones, Leonard LePoole & Robert Tucker, Sr. Burial will follow in the Carlock Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Bonnie Watkins Hendrix

Bonnie Lea Wyman Watkins Hendrix, 80, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 16, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in the Milo community outside Hamburg on November 22, 1932, she was a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Eudora and Washington, D.C. She attended school at Fountain Hill, Eudora, Hamburg and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. and the Ashley County Abstract Company in Hamburg. The bookkeeper and partner of the family owned Watkins Water Well Drilling Company for 15 years and a self employed dog groomer for 16 years, she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Mark Lee Watkins and Richard Watkins and wife Dwanna of Lake Norrell, Ark., and James "Jim" Dennis Watkins of Birmingham, AL; a sister, Doris Wyman Carpenter of Prescott, AZ; a grandson, Aaron Marcus Watkins of Lake Norrell; two granddaughters, Tonya Lea Rogers and husband Dennis of Springdale and Kayli Richelle Watkins of Little Rock; four great-grandchildren; a very close friend, Elray Wallis; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Billy Mark Watkins and Willard Hendrix; her parents, Lee A. and Floice White Wyman; her step-father, Marcus Watkins; and three sisters, Frankie Craig, Dorothy Douglas and Inez Craven.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 19, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ben White, Roddy Goodwin, Rick Eastridge, Shawn Higginbotham, Michael Stanley, Charles Summerland, Page Atkins and John Wooten. Honorary pallbearers were Gordon Hennington, John Henry Maxwell, J. D. Higginbotham, members of the Rook Club and the Liverpool Rummy Card Group.

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.

Curtis Lee Jacobs

Curtis Lee Jacobs, 61, of Monticello died Monday, January 14, 2013. Born August 13, 1951, in Fountain Hill to the late James and Everline Jacobs, he spent the majority of his working career with Georgia Pacific Corporation in various positions for a career total of 37 years.

Survivors include his wife, Katie Marie Jacobs; three sons, Fredrick Darnell Jacobs of Memphis TN, and Marcus Jacobs and Mario Jacobs of Monticello; a nephew raised as a son, Brett Ware and wife Charmella of Oklahoma City, OK; three daughters, LaJanice Jacobs of Memphis TN, Shaquetta Hunter and husband Tim of Lonoke and Turkessa Hanson of Arlington, TX; four brothers, James D. Lambert and wife Lonzella and George J. Lambert and wife Elaine of Portland, Oregon, Issac Lambert and wife Kathleen of Oxon Hill, MD, and Charles Jacobs and wife Vicky of Monticello; three sisters, Earlene Spears and husband Adolph of Portland, Oregon, Betty J. Martin and husband Robert of Johnsville and Ruby J. Grandy of Atlanta, GA; fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 19, at First Baptist Eastside in Monticello with arrangements by Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello.

James Milburn Law

James Milburn Law, 77, of Crossett died Sunday, January 20, 2013. Born on July 17, 1935, in Alco, LA, to James Buchanan and Mary Viola Edwards Law, he retired after 25 years of service as an engineer for AD & N Railroad. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking and arts and crafts and was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Velda LaVeda Honea Law of Crossett; two sons, James Dewel Law and wife Vanessa of Hamburg and Michael Alan Law and wife Camille of Berryville; two daughters, Terri Renee Law Rice and husband Mack of Crossett and Brandi Michelle Law Hightower and husband John of Bastrop, LA; three brothers, Donald Wayne Law and wife Brenda of Jacksonville, Ronnie Dale Law and wife Sigrid of Smackover and Michael Gene Law and wife Laura of Crossett; two sisters, Mary Janice Anderson and husband Martin and Marsha Lynn Weaver and husband Ronnie of Crossett; thirteen grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Robyn Law.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Griffith and Buddy Burton officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Visitation will be held from 5-8 Tuesday at the funeral home

Marceil Davis Lochala

Marceil Davis Lochala, 82, of Crossett died on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, LA. Born on October 23, 1930, in Crossett to Beverly and Myrtle Kelley Davis, Mrs. Lochala had been a payroll administrator for Georgia Pacific. She loved to sew and work in her yard and was a member of Beulahland Assembly of God.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Lochala; one son, Steve Lochala, both of Crossett; two grandchildren, Josh Lochala and Justin Lochala; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Michael Alan Lochala.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at Beulahland Assembly of God with Bro. Ricky Tyler officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Geraldine Vaughn Mills

Geraldine Vaughn Mills, 81, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 15, 2013. at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Nevada, Texas, and a resident of Crossett for the past 50 years, she was an active member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and loved to cook and fish and enjoyed camping.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jimmy Mills; a son, David Mills and wife Janet; a daughter, Cheryl Montgomery and husband Terry, all of Crossett; three grandchildren, Brandy Dye and husband B.J., Josh Parrott and wife Crissy and Tyler Mills; and three great-grandchildren, Bodie Parrott, Brynlee Dye and Braylie Dye.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Money and Thelma Hargraves Vaughn; a brother, Max Vaughn; and a great-grandson, Brady Dye.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Revs. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Josh Parrott, Tyler Mills, B.J. Dye, Rodney Vaughn, Steven Haulter and David Moix. Honorary pallbearer was Carl John Gwin.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy. 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Mary Elizabeth Pippen

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Pippen, 71, of Crossett died on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

Born on December 7, 1941, in El Dorado to Thomas Jefferson and Edna Irene Bowen Brumley, she had worked with her husband in the construction industry and after retirement worked as a cook in the school cafeteria. She enjoyed cooking and reading.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William C. Pippen of Crossett; one son, Terry Pippen and wife Sarah of Crossett; two daughters, Taresia Ann Kenly and husband Eric of Fairbanks, LA, and Missy Mendenhall and husband Jamey of Denver, CO; one brother, Harold Dean Brumley of Crossett; and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Pippen was preceded in death by her parents, a son, William J. Pippen; and a sister, Lavern Rodgers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, January 24, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Kenneth Watt and Ernest King officiating.

Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home

Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Margie Barnett Stanley

Margie Katherline Barnett Stanley, 77, of Crossett died on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 3, 1935, to Van D. and Ruby Mae Woods Barnett, she was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and worked for many years as a CNA at a nursing home.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Stanley and Mark Stanley of Crossett; one daughter, Terrie Hammett of Austin, TX; one brother, Royce Barnett, and one sister, Nadine Brown of Crossett, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Stanley; a daughter, Betty Katherine Stanley; and two brothers, Carl Dewayne and Darrell Fay Barnett.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, at the Simms Cemetery with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

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

Obituaries Published January 30

Allene Waits Banks

Allene Waits Banks, 88, of Hamburg died Friday, January 25, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life, she was a licensed practical nurse, a homemaker and an active member of the Southside Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Terri Brooks and husband Paul of Lake Village; a son, Patrick Stinson of Hamburg; two step-grandchildren, Sarah Hattaway and Cody Brooks; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ryder and Gracie Hattaway. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Kenneth Stinson; her second husband, John Banks; her parents, Leonard and Minnie Moore Waits; three brothers, Frank, Harold and L.V. Waits; and two sisters, Ruth White and Lorene Bowden.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, at the Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Vaughn Blue, Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Bowden, Chaz Hattaway, Kenny Bowden, Cody Brooks, Terry Caine and Keith Gulledge. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. LaFran Murphy Buchanan

LaFran Farrar Murphy Buchanan, 80, of Sheridan died Friday, January 25, 2013, at Sheridan Healthcare and Rehab Center. She was born September 12, 1932, in Hamburg, the daughter of the late Leslie Farrar and Ruby Shields Crawford and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Parker and husband Arthur of Tomahawk, Wisconsin; a son, Steven Shields of Hamburg; a sister, Glenda Murphy of Hamburg; grandchildren, JamesHouse, Shawn House amd Drew Shields; and great-grandchildren, Peyton House, Colton House, Brent Parker and Lala Parker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husbands, James "Dick" Murphy and Eris "Bo" Buchanan.

Grave-side services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, at the Dailey Cemetery outside Hamburg. Arrangements were by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan. Online guestbook at www.memorialgardens sheridan.com.

Katherine Craig

Katherine Craig, 72, of Crossett died Sunday, January 27, 2013, at her residence. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Crossett since 1977 and a former resident of the Milo community, she was a homemaker and later worked at Daniel Middle School in the cafeteria. She was a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and she enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Craig of Hamburg and Kevin Craig and wife Vivian of Grenada, MS; two sisters, Betty Hales and Elizabeth Brockwell of Crossett; two grandchildren, Danna Craig and Hunter Craig; and one great-grandchild, Brylee Weaver.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Doyle C. Craig, in 2011; an infant daughter, Marsha Leigh Craig, in 1980; and her parents, Marshall and Leone Pogue Godwin.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Buddy Boykin and Clayton Hales officiating. Burial was to be in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Phil Kelley, Greg Kelley, John Paul Craig, Keith Craig, James Meeks and Mike Brockwell. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Etta Mildred Evans

Etta Mildred Evans, 92, of Crossett died Monday, January 24, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. Born on June 3, 1920, in Monticello to Thomas Asbury and Mary Lillie McCain Yeldell, Mrs. Evans worked in the Crossett and Hamburg school cafeterias for 46 years. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Lloyd Evans of Batesville; a daughter, Virginia Henricks of Houston, TX; a sister, Vivian L. Mann of Bastrop, LA; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, George Evans; a son, Raymond Evans; and two brothers, John Calvin Yeldell and Eugene Yeldell.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Monday, January 28, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Dean Ezell

Dean Ezell, 67, of Crossett died Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Neosho, Missouri, a resident of Crossett for the past five years and a former resident of Lake Village and Pine Bluff, he was a retired truck driver and a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Milo and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Maxwell Ezell of Crossett; a son, Jeff Ezell and wife Betty of Neosho; three daughters, Linda Sage and husband Trey of Neosho, Amanda Transano and husband James of Kentucky and Annette Maxwell and husband Kevin of Neosho; a step-son, Ron Harris and wife Kaylee of Bastrop, LA; four stepdaughters, Gina Highsmith and Whitney Harris and husband Brad of Crossett, Jessica Pennington and husband Cliff of Camden and Courtney Harris and husband Steven of Bastrop; two brothers, Tony and Delmer Ezell of Neosho; two sisters, Nancy Andrews of Grove, OK, and Darlene Taylor of Coal Hill; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angel Ezell; his parents, Lyman and Ina Agnes Ezell; two brothers, Junior and Eldon Ezell; a sister, Bonnie Walker; and a great-grandson, Parker.

Grave-side funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, in the Zion Cemetery with Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Ezell, Cliff Pennington, Steven White, Jerry Jeffers, Perry Clark and Ron Harris. Memorials may be made to the 20th Century Lodge, 4011 Maryland Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Vinnie V. Loftin

Vinnie V. Loftin, 75, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Born on February 23, 1937, in Three Creeks, AR, to Lloyd and Lucy Mae Deloach Loftin, Miss Loftin was a resident at Canyon Springs Health & Rehabilitation in Hot Springs and a former member of Fair Weather Communities, a small group work therapy for the handicapped.

Survivors include one sister, Tammy Campbell Boyer of Huntsville, AL; two aunts, Lillian Owens of Three Creeks and Odell Mason of Longview, TX; two nephews, two nieces, one grand-niece and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nancy Feckanin.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 26, at the Simms Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Darwin Bee Smith

Darwin Bee "Dee" Smith, 76, of Crossett died Monday, January 21, 2013, at Promise Hospital in Vidalia, LA. Born on March 30, 1936, in Malvern to Bee and Lucy Pogue Smith, he was an employee of KAGH radio for many years. He was an avid fisherman and musician, loved camping with family and friends and was a member of the Crossett Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Ruth Smith of Crossett; a daughter, Donna Vinson and husband Steven of St. Joseph, LA; a son, Ronnie B. Smith and wife Jenny of Crossett; four grandchildren, Blake Vinson of Pineville, LA, Bradley Smith of El Dorado, Brian Smith of Crossett and Ashley Smith of Hamburg; and two great-grandchildren, Brody Vinson and Evelyn Vinson of Pineville, LA.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Larry Foster officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ernestine Nobles Sprinke

Ernestine Nobles Sprinkle, 94, of Parkdale died, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. A native and a resident of Parkdale for many years and a former resident of New York and Houston, Texas, she was a retired school teacher and worked for Rice University in Houston, Texas. She was a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church and the Colonial Francis Vivian Brooking Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by a daughter, Patti Walker and husband Richard of Houston; a son, James Ralph Sprinkle and wife Clare of Austin, Texas; and three grandchildren, Travis Nobles Sprinkle, Kelly Sue Sprinkle and Elliott Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Sprinkle, in 1983; her parents, Howard and Margaret Ralph Nobles; a sister, Sue Nobles; and a brother, James H. Nobles.

Grave-side funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Bob Bridges officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Hutton Nobles, Harrison Ralph, Travis Nobles Sprinkle, Elliott Walker and John Sumner Barnes.

Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Cemetery Association, c/o Glenda Wells, P. O. Box 104, Parkdale, AR 71661. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Brenda Louise Walker

Brenda Louise Wade Walker, 59, of North Little Rock died Friday, January 18, 2013, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a former resident of Crossett and had worked as a Wal-Mart associate, a home health aide and a cook. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, and trash talking while playing cards and dominoes.

She is survived by one son, Derrick S. Walker; one daughter Tikisha Moore and husband Rudy, all of North Little Rock; two brothers, Danny Wade of Little Rock and David Wade and wife Joyce of Crossett; three sisters, Mamye Gill and husband Rod of Eudora, DeLora Butler of Little Rock and Ouida Fluckers of Crossett; four grandchildren, Timothy Moses, Derrius, Breanna and Brittany Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Willie Sue Wade; and two brothers, Troy Lee and Celester Dennis Wade.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Horace Ingram officiating. Pallbearers were Edward Brown, Donald Streeter, Tony Allen, Reginald Patton, Greg Hubbard and Stephan Dozier. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

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