Aline Aurelia Gardner
Aline Aurelia Gardner, 82, of Van Buren died on Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was a pre-school teacher at First Baptist Church in Van Buren and retired from the Van Buren Library. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Van Buren for 60 years.
Survivors are two daughters, Jeanette Gardner and Julia Calhoun, both of Van Buren; one son, Curtis Gardner of Alma; grandchildren John Calhoun, Cara Smithson, Gina Bowen, Christopher Gardner, and Candace Rivera; 12 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Roy Vaden of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Gardner.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Gracelawn Cemetery Arbor with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren. Pallbearers were John Calhoun, Ryan Calhoun and Tim Bowen.
Memorials may be made to Hope Rising Children's Home P.O. Box 200, Lavaca, Arkansas 72941. Online guest book at www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Billy "Buddy" Hunter
Billy "Buddy" Hunter, 72, of Bastrop, Louisiana, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at his residence in Bastrop. A native of Crossett, a resident of Bastrop for the past five years and a former resident of Hardy, he was a retired log truck driver.
He is survived by three daughters, Stacy Tharp and husband Kenny of Hamburg, Angela Reynolds and husband Clyde of Bastrop and Mindy Bolen and husband Brian of Crossett; a brother, Roy Hunter of Pocahontas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Hunter and Mary Culp Hunter and a brother, Carl Hunter.
Grave-side services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the Judson Cemetery with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Chad King, Chris Johnston, Jeff Ward, David Easter, and Kevin Goodwin. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Stella Nicole Peters
Stella Nicole Peters, infant daughter of Daniel and Aja Ferrell Peters of Hamburg, died June 25, 2013, at Drew Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her parents, a sister, Cailee Peters of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Shari Jenkins Johnson of Hamburg and Mark Ferrell of Crossett; her paternal grandparents, Donna Richardson of Crossett, and Mr. and Mrs. David Peters of Hamburg; and great-grandparents, Jeanette Richardson of Crossett, Dennie and Sybil Jenkins of Hamburg, and Chesley and Pauline Peters of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Ferrell and Harold Richardson.
Grave-side services were held Saturday, June 27, at Egypt Baptist Church Cemetery in Milo with Brother Buddy Boykin officiating. Arrangements were by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Obituaries Published July 10
Mary Ann Barnett
Mary Ann Barnett, 74, of Harrison died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at her residence in Harrison. A native of Bastrop, LA, she had lived in Harrison for the past nine years. She was a homemaker and a member of the River of Life Church of God. Her hobbies were camping, fishing, and going to yard sales and flea markets.
She is survived by one son, Roby Glen Barnett, II; three daughters, Kimberly Nicole Hunter and husband Rick of Harrison, Mary Gwendolyn Barnett and husband Elzie of Crossett and Pamela Gaye Hammond and husband James of Hamburg; four brothers, Lemuel Keith Pettis of Harrison, Faylon Eugene Pettis and Enos Kimball Pettis of Spokane, WA, and Michael Pettis of Sisters, OR; one sister, Dorothy Ann Wood of Kansas City, MO; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Roby Glen Barnett; one daughter, Gail Ann Barnett; her parents, Albert Bradford and Verna Merle Jinks Pettis; and her grandparents, Elijah Kimball and Mary Cornelius Jinks.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Pine Grove Church of God with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating. Pallbearers were Ethan Lochala, Tyler Savage, Kevin Pettis, and Tim, Kenneth and Doyle Barnett. Burial was in the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Mildred Oden Connor
Mildred "Millie" Jeanette Oden Connor, 65, of Jonesboro, LA, formerly of Crossett, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Born on March 2, 1948, to Garvin L. "Jack" and Retha W. Burchfield Oden in Little Rock, Mrs. Connor attended Cloverdale Assembly of God as a child. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, James Connor of Jonesboro, LA; one daughter, Janet Lynn Eppinette and husband Brad of Calhoun, LA; one son, James Edgar "Ed" Connor and wife Kelley of West Monroe, LA; three sisters, Jackie Mills and Sue Smith of Crossett and Rusty Holderfield and husband Bud of Rison; one brother, Gary L. Oden and wife Glenda, of Camden; and five grandchildren, Nicholas, Jenna, Andrew, Savannah and Lauren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bro. Wade Totty officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Menapace, Tony Holderfield, Jason Holderfield, Greg Oden, Lance Oden and Nicholas Eppinette. Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Callie Franklin, 85, of Fountain Hill died Friday, July 5, 2013, at Drew Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, a homemaker, a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and enjoyed listening to gospel music, cooking and gardening.
She is survived by five sons, Johnny Withers of Crossett, Cleophus Withers and wife Laura and Cardell Withers and wife Lois of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Martin Withers and wife Vivian and Douglas Withers of Branson, MO; two daughters, Bobbie Bankston of Crossett and Pamela Jamison and husband Samuel of Monticello; one sister, Clantieen Miller of Fountain Hill; 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, family and loved ones.
Mrs. Franklin was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Withers; three sons, Don S., D. S. and Freddie Withers; her parents, Mose and Alma Martin Franklin; four brothers, Steve, Willie, M. F. and Jimmy Franklin; and four sisters, Sallie Webb, Selessie Smith, Janice Williams and Virginia Robinson.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Cindy Robinson officiating. Pallbearers were Don Franklin, Michael Bankston, Paul Jamison, Leslie Tolefree, Reggie Wilson and Greg David. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Withers, Cleophus Withers, Cardell Withers, Andera Miller, Martin Withers, Douglas Withers, Robert Miller and Dennis Franklin. Burial was in the Mt. Pelium Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Rose Jolley Lord
Rose Jolley Lord, 88, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville. Born June 23, 1925, at West Helena, a daughter of the late Robert Lee Bush and Edith Rawls Bush, she was a graduate of Hamburg High School and attended the Modern School of Business. She was a staff member for Congressman Ray Thornton and Pine Bluff Mayor Dave Wallace from which she retired. She was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include two stepsons, Greg Lord and wife Julie of Germantown, Tenn., and Jim Lord and wife Lynn of Pine Bluff; a stepdaughter, Dianne McAllister and husband Larry of Woodberry, Tenn; seven step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Peggy Bush of Alpine, Calif; and five nieces and nephews of California.
She was preceded in death by husbands Arthur Lamar "Dute" Jolley and Aubrey Lord, and a brother, Clyde Lamar Bush.
Grave-side services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Oakland Cemetery In Warren. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service at Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.
Memorials preferred to the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646, or the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA in Warren or the Watson Chapel Baptist Church. Online guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com.
Peggy Smith Medlin
Peggy Smith Medlin, 81, of Crossett died on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on February 12, 1932, in Siler City, NC, to William and Laura Lee Adcock Smith, Mrs. Medlin had been the owner of KAGH/KWLT since 1969. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Medlin and wife Quendy of Fort Smith and Kevin Medlin of Crossett; one brother, Ray Smith of Greensboro, NC; one granddaughter, Kasey Medlin of Monticello; and one great-grandson, Joshua Shook of Monticello. Mrs. Medlin was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Barry Medlin; one daughter, Cheri Medlin; one son, Keith Medlin; two brothers, John Smith and Bobby Smith; and one sister, Dixie Brown.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Donnie DuBose officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service time at the funeral home. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Geraldine Miller Myrick
Geraldine Miller Myrick, 84, of Hamburg died Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Hospice Home Care Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg who moved back to Hamburg 40 years ago, she was a former resident of Crossett and Dothan, Alabama. She was a retired nurse's aide and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, William "Tommy" Savage, Jr., of Hamburg; a sister, Sue Lea of Conway; a sister-in-law, Catherine Miller of Owasso, Oklahoma; two grandsons and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tarver Myrick; her parents, Francis Earl and Clara Lean Roberts Miller; and two brothers, Harry Wash Miller and Billy Francis Miller.
Grave-side services and burial were at 11 a.m., Friday, July 5, in the Flat Creek Cemetery with Rev. Terry Greenwood officiating. Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
John Thomas Orr
John Thomas "Joe" Orr, 78, of Crossett died on Friday, July 5, 2013, at his home. Born on January 27, 1935, in Pioneer, LA, to John Thomas, Sr., and Ruth Holland Orr, Mr. Orr was a member of the Church of Christ. He retired as traffic manager of the Southern Pulp and Paper Division of Georgia Pacific in Crossett. He enjoyed wood working, attending auctions, fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Barbara Kane Orr of Crossett; two sons, Tony Orr and wife Kelly of Roland and Scott Orr and wife Aubree of North Adams, MA; one daughter, Angela Orr Collins and husband Barry of Rayville, LA; two brothers, Jack Orr of West Monroe, LA, and Jimmie Orr of Oak Grove, LA; two sisters, Doris Parcells of Newellton and Iris McGaha of Oak Grove, LA; ten grandchildren, C. J. and A. J. Orr, Daniel Collins, Katie Collins, Beth Collins, Alexandra Orr, Jacob Orr, Griffin, Allison and Noelle Gageant; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 8, at the Church of Christ in Crossett with Bro. Charles Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Glen Riels, Billy Wayne Edwards, Tommy Pahal, Barry Collins, Fred Akin and Jerry Terrell. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.
Obituaries Published July 17
Sherrie Ann Hollis Harville
Sherrie Ann Hollis Harville, 60, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Pine Bluff for the past one and a half years and a former resident of Ward, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1970. She was a registered nurse and a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church where she loved her work at church.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Bro. Wesley Harville of Pine Bluff; a son, Jonathan Harville and wife Heather of Malvern; three daughters, Amy Beutler and husband James of Gladstone, Missouri, Laura Lyter and husband Brian of Merryville, Indiana, and Leslie Foreman and husband Chad of Sherwood; her father, Ralph Hollis, Sr.; a brother, Charles Ralph Hollis, Jr., and wife Ann of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Lana Carpenter and husband Dennis of Arkansas City and Beverly Harville and husband Mike of Hamburg; ten grandchildren, Lacey, Kailyn and Bella Harville, Amanda, Clara, Josiah, Lydia and Abigail Beutler, and Lyric and Harper Foreman and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, JoAnn Wilkerson Hollis, earlier this year and a sister, Delores Allison.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at the New Home Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Todd Self and Rev. John Mooney officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery at Fountain Hill. Pallbearers were Chad Allison, Landon Carpenter, Michael Harville, Cody Hollis, Drew Wallace and Jordan Ligon. Honorary pallbearers were the men of New Home Missionary Baptist Church and the Diamond Lakes Football officiating crew.
Memorials may be made to the New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 14060 Hwy. 54, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
John Roy Langley
John Roy Langley, 80, of Crossett died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born to Edward and Floy Langley on July 10, 1933, in the Three Creeks community outside Junction City, he was a retired papermaker for Georgia-Pacific and a member of Beech Street Baptist Church. He enjoyed being outdoors in his garden.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Virginia Langley of Crossett; one son, Jeff and wife Melissa Langley of Crossett; one daughter Carmen Sue Wisecarver of Crossett; four brothers, Donald Langley of Three Creeks, C. J. Langley of Midland, TX, and Bill and Bob Langley of Tyler, TX; three sisters, Lessie Wells of Crossett and Mary Langley and Melba Sims of Three Creeks; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Terrell Langley and Donnie DuBose officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Wells, Paul Sims, Edward Sims, Wayne Neal, Mark Neal and Roy Swaim. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Sally Ann Williams
Sally Ann Williams, 83, of Hamburg, formerly of Lake Village, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born November 16, 1929, in Pine Bluff, the daughter of the late Robert Blackwell and Florence Wilchman Blackwell, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by a son, Buddy Williams of Lake Village; a daughter, Beverly Huffstetler of Hamburg; two brothers, Tom Blackwell of Benton and Bill Blackwell of Maumelle; three sisters, Henrietta Broach of Lake Village, Peggy Davis of Arlington, Texas, and Freda Blackwell of Oak Harbour, Washington; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Douglas Williams; two brothers, George and Robert Blackwell; and a sister, Mary Blackwell.
Memorial services were to be grave-side at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Jennie Cemetery with Father Theopolis Okpara officiating. Arrangements are by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopfuneralhomeinc.com.
Jeff Woods, 52, of Crossett died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his residence. Born December 10, 1960, to Pete and Nancy Woods in Fremont, California, he lived most of his life in Crossett. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1979. He worked and dedicated 30 years of his life to Georgia Pacific before his cancer forced him into early retirement. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge. For over seven years, he coached the Crossett Heartbreakers who traveled far and wide to numerous tournaments, earning state and regional titles as well as three bids to World Series tournaments. He loved walking through the woods, sitting in his deer stand, spending a morning in the duck blind or fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lisa Jackson Woods of Crossett, a daughter, Brittany Ellen Woods of Dallas, TX; a son, Brandon Lee Woods and wife Whitney of Hamburg; his mother, Nancy Denson Woods of Crossett; a sister, Kathy Rickman and husband Ronnie of Crossett; a brother, Anthony Woods and his wife Jessica of Rogers; and two granddaughters, Bryleigh Grace and Brynlee Jay Woods. He was preceded in death by his father, Pete Woods; and his father-in-law Wallace Wayne Jackson.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Rev. John Martin and Marty McClain officiating. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Marty McClain, Keith Love, John Johnson, Jason Roberts, Trent McCone, Mike Roberts, Ricky Rice and Gordon Rice. Honorary pallbearers are the Crossett Heartbreakers Softball Team and their families.
Memorials may be made to the Jeff Woods Miracles Do Happen Memorial Fund for Ashley County Medical Center's Chemo Department, c/o Ricky and Sherry Rice, 103 East 3rd Avenue, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published July 24
J. O. Johnson
J. O. Johnson, 84, of Hamburg died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. He was a native of Banks, a resident of Hamburg for the past 72 years and a retired timber worker. He loved the outdoors and working in his vegetable garden and also enjoyed watching westerns on television.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lucille Johnson of Hamburg; one son, Adolphus Foster of Marks, MS; one daughter, Gail Johnson of Lake Village; one stepdaughter, Evelyn Bolar of Hamburg; one sister, Virgie Jenkins and husband Parnell of Chicago,IL; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Ann "Becky Ann" Miller; his mother, Viola Rochell; his father, Joel Johnson; his stepfather, Tony Rochell; one granddaughter, Shiree Johnson; one sister, Georgia Penn; and one stepdaughter, Carolyn Jacob.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Soldiers Chapel A.M.E. with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers are Marvin Moore, Shon Jacob, Walter Jenkins, Dan Smith, Lawrence Booker and Alfred Robinson. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.
Viewing will be from 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Harry Y. Noble, Jr.
Harry Yates Noble Jr., 83, of Burleson, Texas, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at home with his wife and family. He grew up in Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas and graduated from LSU with a degree in agriculture. He was an U. S. Army MP during the occupation of Germany after World War II. He traveled for John Deere and married the love of his life, Jean Smith in 1957. After the death of their second child, he surrendered to the ministry. He served as pastor in New Orleans, Parkdale, Poyner, Camden, Tyler, Bullard and Texarkana until he was forced into retirement for health purposes.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jean; two daughters, Robin Harris and husband Herb and Zoe Dozier and husband Gary; a son, Harry Noble, III, and wife Nita; a brother, Gayle Noble and wife Marylee; a sister, Imie Carpenter; and grandsons, Joshua Noble and Chad Dozier.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Crestmont Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with arrangements by Mayfield Kiser Funeral Home. Guest book at www.mayfieldkiser funeralhome.com.
Thomas M. Rice
Thomas M. "Buddy" Rice, 80, of Bryant died Saturday, July 20, 2013. He was born October 2, 1932, to Cecil and Abbie Rice in Pine Hill. Beginning his career in Crossett, he was a machinist and worked until his retirement at Arkansas Kraft in Morrilton. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia; two daughters, Margaret Besancon and husband Eugene and Dora Bradley and husband Chris; three grandchildren, Ken Edge, Andy Edge and, Amber Besancon Davis; seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Preston, Sara, Jack, Aiden, Kendyll, Kinsley; and four sisters, Verlee Jenkins, Dixie Bayes, Lexie Estell and Gladys Martin.
The funeral service was to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Forest Hills in Alexander with Brother Harold Cantley officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Guest book at www.griffinleggettforesthills.com
Laura Mae Verdun
Laura Mae Piro Verdun, 72, of Fountain Hill died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her home. Born October 5, 1940, to the late Philip Joseph Piro and Philippa Oliver Piro in New Orleans, LA, she was a housewife and a member of theFountain Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Jessie Verdun, Jr., of California and Joseph Paul Verdun of Fountain Hill; four daughters, Rose McCraw and Laura Prince of Fountain Hill, Jackie Torres of Hamburg and Darci Vargas of Mississippi; two sisters, 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Verdun, Sr., and a daughter, Ann McCraw.
Funeral service were to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with visitation from 3-4 p.m. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com..
Peter Ficke Watzek
Funeral services for Peter Ficke Watzek, 98, of Greenville, MS, were at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. He died on Sunday July 14, 2013. Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery by Boone Funeral Home of Greenville.
Born in Portland, Oregon, on November 15, 1914, he grew up in Wauna, Oregon, a sawmill town on the banks of the Columbia River. Peter graduated from the University of Oregon with a business degree and married Bettybelle Tubbs of Adams, Oregon. In 1900, his grandfather had joined two other businessmen and bought virgin pine timbered land in Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana which they developed into a sawmill, wood chemical and papermaking operation in Crossett. After graduation, Peter moved with his family from Oregon to Arkansas, worked in all elements of The Crossett Company and became its president, a post he held until the company was sold to Georgia Pacific in 1961. Under his leadership this company became the largest industrial operation in Arkansas. He served as the head of the State Chamber of Commerce and of the Arkansas Manufacturers Association, was a director of the American Forestry Association from 1965-1994 and its president from 1965-1967 and a Rotarian for over 60 years and a founding member and president of the Crossett Rotary Club. He later was awarded a Doctor of Civil Law honorary degree from the University of the South (Sewanee) and a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from the University of Arkansas.
When the owners of the Crossett operation sold the company, he moved his family to Greenville, where he had kept a boat at the Greenville Yacht Club for many years. In Greenville he worked diligently for the Boy Scouts and received both Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He worked on a number of United Way committees and was honored with the United Way President's Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. From the American Red Cross he received the Clara Barton Award. In 1996, he was awarded the Jake Stein Community Achievement Award. He spent much of his later years as a mentor in the Reading Buddies program at the Carrie Stern Elementary School and faithfully attended St. James Episcopal Church and the Rotary Club.
Survivors are two daughters, Nancy Nix of Dallas, Texas, and Joan Strickland of Windermere, Florida; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, David Harlan Watzek, and his other son, John Aubrey Watzek who farmed in Monroe and was a pioneer in housing areas in Monroe and Swartz; his wife of 55 years, Betty; and a sister, Frances Warren of Eugene, Oregon.
The family requests memorials be made to United Way of Washington County, Post Office Box 115, Greenville, MS 38702. www.boonefuneralhomeinc.com.
Don White, 71, of Crossett died Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and resident of Crossett for many years, he was a former resident of Forrest City, owned and operated his own construction company in Forrest City and was a tomato farmer. He was a member of the Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by three daughters, Denise Hudson; Kim Massey and husband Garry and Kristi McKenzie and husband John, all of Bastrop, LA; two step-daughters, Cindy Lewis of Lake Village and Debra Perdue and husband Elvis of Greers Ferry; a sister, Faith White Nowlin and husband John; two brothers, Reginald White and Dale White and wife Shelia, all of Crossett; eight grandchildren, Tara Lappe, Brandon Massey, Bryan Massey, Blair Anderson, C. J. Morgan, Coultor Anderson, Alyssa McKenzie and Emma McKenzie; four step-grandchildren, April Fisher, Brandy Morgan, Chris Morgan and Johna Morgan; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Hicks White, in 2011; his parents, Ashton and Edith Doss White; and an infant twin sister, Linda K. White.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at the Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Garry Massey and Farrell Breshears officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brandon Massey, Bryan Massey, Coultor Anderson, John McKenzie, Phillip Nowlin and Logan Fisher. Memorials may be made to the Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 111 Ashley Road 391, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at ww.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obituaries Published July 31
Bobby "Harold" Adams
Bobby "Harold" Adams, 67, of Star City died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Ashley County; a resident of Star City for the past nine years and a former resident of Monticello, Hamburg and Crossett, he was a Vietnam era veteran of the United States Army and a graphic artist for several different bag mills. He was a member of the Martinville Baptist Church and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2746 in Star City.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judith Reid Adams of Star City; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amber Rose Adams, in 2008; his parents, Louis and Estelle Moore Adams; three brothers, Alva Lee Adams, Louis Edward Adams and his twin brother, Billy Carol Adams; and three sisters, Shirley Jean Savage, Carolyn Sue Croft Kemp and Mary Francis Tilley.
Grave-side funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, August 2, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Keith Martin officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Ella Myrtle Chadwick
Ella Myrtle Chadwick, 99, of Warren died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at home. Born August 14, 1913, in Ashley County, a daughter of the late William Brown and Becky Carpenter Brown, she was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church and the widow of Robert Hewey Chadwick who died April 18, 1982.
Survivors include five sons, Robert Chadwick and spouse Carla of Oakley, KS, Norman Chadwick and spouse Susie of Wilmar, Ralph Chadwick and spouse Carolyn and Kenny Chadwick of Warren and David Chadwick and spouse Rhonda of El Dorado; three daughters, Myra DeArmond, Dorothy Harper and spouse Alan of Conroe, TX, and Fran Burks and spouse Randy of Warren; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. Also preceding her in death were a grandson, Ritchie Chadwick; a son in law, Bob DeArmond; and brothers Abner Carpenter and Jessie Brown.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial was in Lone Sassafras Cemetery in Drew County. Pallbearers were Mark DeArmond, Steve DeArmond, Levi DeArmond, Nick Chadwick, Eric Chadwick, Jody Bennett, Jimmy Dale Camp and James Camp. Online guest register www.frazerfuneral home.com.
Roe Hollis, 74, of Crossett died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his residence. Born on January 20, 1939, in Fordyce to Johnnie C. and Mildred "Pat" Futch Hollis, he was a millwright at Georgia Pacific for 37 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and collected coins and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Johnnie D. Hollis and wife Joan of North Little Rock, and Danny Hollis of Crossett; one daughter, Melissa Hill and husband Dale of Hamburg; one brother, Mike Hollis of Crossett; one sister, Cynthia Sullivan of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Johnna Hollis and Maloree Hollis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Hollis.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Travis Roberts and Eric Hodge officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635.
Herman Lamar Jennings
Herman Lamar Jennings, 46, of Crossett died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Born on November 9, 1966, in Huntsville, AL, to Herrod and Helen Sanders Jennings, he had been a waste water employee for the City of Crossett and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Jennings of Crossett; two sons, Arron Jennings and Jesse Jennings of Crossett; five daughters, April Jones of Hinesville, GA, and Destiny Kelly, Elizabeth Jennings, Alexandra Jennings of Crossett and Natasha Gatz of Yukon, OK; two brothers, Shannon Jennings of Grady and Jeremiah Jennings of Crossett; and five grandchildren, Kasyn Jones, Kamryn Jones, Brayden Tatum, Skylan Kelly, Kylan Kelly. He was preceded in death by his father, Herrod Jennings, and an infant son, Logan Walker Jennings.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bob Hardison officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Patrick Ray, Richard Alphord, Gary Wendtlant, Seth Collins, Elijah Newton and Zach Collins. Guest book at www.jones-service.com. Memorials may be made to The 20th Century Club's Lodge, 4011 Maryland Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Paul J. Langley
Paul J. Langley, 85, of Crossett died Sunday, July 28, 2013. Born November 15, 1927, he spent his childhood in Warren and after serving five years in the Air Force, was in Crossett for the remainder of his life. He retired from Bemis Company after 37 years as plant manager. He also served on the First National Bank board of directors and the S.A.D.C. and many other civic committees. He was a member of the Church of Christ, a Mason, a Shriner, and the chairman of the Port Authority Committee.
His survivors include a daughter, Tina Powers; and a granddaughter, Lindsay Powers, both of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Gilliam Langley.
Funeral services were planned for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at the Church of Christ with Bro. Charles Harris officiating. Pallbearers were to be Don Rodgers, Richard Earl Griffin, Forrest Webb, Fletcher Smith, Charles Carter and Jerry Terrell. Burial was to follow at the Union Ridge Cemetery in Monticello under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.
Daisy Neal, 94, of Crossett died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and former resident of Rayville and Monroe, LA, she had lived in Crossett since 1986. She worked at the Morgan & Lindsey Department Store in Rayville for many years and was a member of the North Crossett Church of God and a former member of the Archibald Church of God in Archibald, LA.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Wayne Neal of Bossier City, LA, and Russell Dean Neal of Crossett; a daughter, Carolyn Neal Wiggins of Oak Grove, LA; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Elvis Neal, in 2010; an infant daughter, Ethel Marie Neal; her father, Nick Neathery; her mother and step-father, Lydia May Brown Neathery Porter and Chester Porter; four brothers, Jewell Neathery, Mike Porter, Dooley Porter and Buddy Porter; and a sister, Nell Martin.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, July 29, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Kenneth Neal, Jr., officiating. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lone Cherry Cemetery in Mangham, LA. Pallbearers were K. W. Neal, Josh Walthall, Jarrod Pippen, Lance Withers, Kevo Streeter, Cory Wiggins, Tristan Wiggins, Jacob Starks and Nathan Wiggins. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Thomas Dale Richardson
Thomas Dale Richardson, 59, of Hamburg died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his residence. A native of Hamburg and a former resident of Houston and Austin, Texas, before returning to Hamburg, he was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Murphy Ford and later became a correctional officer for Delta Regional Correctional Facility in Dermott. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle.
He is survived by his parents, Luther and LaFran Bates Richardson; a brother, Keith Richardson and wife Kathy; a sister, Sandra Oliver and husband Mark, all of Hamburg; three nieces, Brandy Oliver, Melissa Richardson and Ashley Tucker and husband Cody; three great-nephews, Braxton, Corban and Guage; and a great niece, Mykaylynn. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther Thomas and Bertha Richardson and Harvey and Jessie Mae Bates.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Keith Martin and Jimmy Bates officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Fulgham, Roger Chavis, Ronnie Williamson, John McLemore, Boyd Kusturin, Brad Akers, Richard Courson and Tom McLemore. Honorary pallbearers were the correction officers at Delta Regional Correctional Facility. Burial was in the Cleveland Cemetery. 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.
Mildred Marie Salb
Mildred Marie Clark Salb, 93, of Crossett died on Monday, July 22, 2013, in her home. Born in 1920 in rural central Illinois to Emmons Courtney Clark and Ruth Imogene Bartholomew, she was one of six children on her father's sharecropping farm. She graduated from nursing school at the Indiana City Hospital in Indianapolis in 1942 and married Dr. Robert Lee Salb the same year. They lived and practiced in Indianapolis for several years before relocating to the Crossett Hospital.
She designed and implemented the first crash carts at the Crossett Hospital and led workshops in patient care and medical standards and also worked as a nurse at Dr. Salb's private practice which opened in downtown Crossett in 1955. She later headed community projects. Her hobbies included collecting and gardening.
Survivors include two children, Virginia Lee Salb of Marshall, Illinois, and Karl Leo Salb of Crossett; five grandchildren, Ben Hockett and wife Erica, Karen Bennett and husband Even, Amanda Salb, Charlene Salb and Alex Salb; and six great-grandchildren, Alex Miller, Gabrielle and Brecon Bennett, and Bo, Daisy and Archie Hockett. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 8, 2006.
Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Will Stratten officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Skilled Workcenter, 208 N. Arkansas, Crossett, AR 71635.
Gladys Selby, 93, of Hamburg died Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Crossett for the past three years, and a former resident of Portland, she worked at Sterling's Dept. Store in Hamburg for several years and later worked at Selby's Clothing Store in Hamburg. She enjoyed gospel music, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and authored a great many poems.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Allen Kelley and wife Eileen; her sister, Donna Kelley Dumas and husband Johnny of Hamburg; and her six children, Jimmy Dumas and wife Anita of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Johnny Dumas and wife Donna of Hamburg, Nancy Barnes and husband Jim of Marietta, Georgia, Charles Dumas and wife Sherry of Crossett and Paul Selby of Crossett and Keith Selby and wife Sheryl of Jonesboro. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Selby, in 1995; her father, John Madison Kelley; her mother, Willie Francis Kelley; a sister, Marion Stamper; and a grandson, Kevin Dumas.
The funeral service was planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Southside Baptist Church with Reverend Vaughn Blue officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park near Crossett. Pallbearers are John Dumas, Jr., Stephen Dumas, Chuck Dumas, Brian Mills, Justin Mills, and Brandon Kelley. Arrangements were by Arkansas Funeral Care. Guest book at www.arkansasfuneralcare.com.
Frank Dwayne Shockley
Frank Dwayne Shockley, 88, of Slidell, Louisiana, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Slidell. He was a native of Boydell, a resident of Slidell for the past 65 years, the owner of Shockley Shell Yard before he retired and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Knieper Shockley; four sons, Dwayne Shockley and wife Charlene, Keith Shockley, Sr., and wife Pat, Craig Shockley and wife Janet, and Dale Shockley, Sr., and wife Sherry; twelve grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a sister, Berneice Shockley Morris and husband Johnny of Dermott. He was preceded in death by his parents, A.M. "Kenny" and Bertha Walker Shockley; and five brothers, Ernest, Alfred, T. H. "Hendrix," T. W. Shockley, and H. M. "Mac" Shockley.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of the South, 501 Robert Blvd. #304, Slidell LA 70458. Guest book at www.honakerforestlawn.com.
James Tassey, 78, of Hamburg died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Woodbury, TN, and a resident of Hamburg since 1967, he served in the Tennessee National Guard. He worked at Superior Garment Factory for many years, retiring in 2001, and worked at home as a mechanic on sewing machines, Volkswagens and lawnmowers. He was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rose Ellingburg Tassey of Hamburg; two daughters, Haley Tassey Chavis and husband Timmy of Hamburg and Amy Riles and husband Steven of Crossett; two sisters, Fay Tassey and Janie Tassey of Readyville, TN; a brother-in-law, Billy Ellingburg and wife Sarah of Bastrop, LA; six grandchildren, Megan Battaglia, Justin Patterson, Tyler Riles, Courtney Riles, Carson Chavis and Callie Chavis; four great-grandchildren, Bryson, Thomas, Katie and Bridget; two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Ophelia Wright Tassey; and a sister, Francis Tassey Ward.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, at Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Keith Martin and Eugene Howie officiating. Burial was in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Royce Bowden, Justin Patterson, Tyler Riles, Jim Ellingburg, Luther Richardson, Dennis Byrd, Sammy Johnson and Ted Rial. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Adult II Sunday School Class of Gardner Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 311, Hamburg, AR 71646 or the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658 or to the Alzheimer's Arkansas Association, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Charles Linwood Turnage
Charles Linwood Turnage, 85 of Lake Village died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his home. Born October 8, 1927, in Crossett to the late Cecil and Gladys Josie Stone Turnage, he was partially reared and spent most of his childhood with his grandparents, Jackson Van Buren and Anna Elizabeth Riley Stone. He graduated from Lakeside High School and was a football player and co-captain of the team that won the 1946 state championship. After high school, he worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and spent over 40 years as a lineman and installer. He was promoted to the highest rank of wire chief with Southwestern Bell. He was Chamber of Commerce president and was instrumental in helping Lake Village obtain the visitor information center. As Chamber president, he was also part of the group involved in the opening and dedication of the Lake Chicot Pumping Plant. He was also past president of the Lake Village Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends and was the last living charter member of Island 82 Hunting Club where he was a 50 year plus member. After retiring from the telephone company, he became a real estate agent and appraiser.
Survivors are his wife of over 69 years, Marlys Cashion Turnage of Lake Village; a son, Charles C. "Clif" Turnage and fiancé Lee Ann Black, of Monticello; a granddaughter, Sarah Brook Loomis; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Rose Loomis; a daughter, Carol Turnage Meyer of Eudora; grandchildren, Marlys Meyer Brown and William, Reynold Meyer and Jill, Carol Cashion Meyer Doolittle and Jeffery, Lollie Meyer Hayles and Jason and great-grandchildren, Web Brown, Benton Brown, Caroline Meyer, Catherine Meyer, Mary Patton Meyer, Prentiss Doolittle, Cashion Riley Doolittle, Reyn Meyer, Pfeifer Doolittle and Reaves Doolittle.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Lake Village Cemetery with Revs. Mike Bell and Bro. Johnny Matthews officiating. Arrangements are by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopfuneralhomeinc.com.
Sherry Noble Weatherford
Sherry Lynn Noble Weatherford, 66, of Paris, Texas, died Tuesday July 16, 2013, at Medical Center of Plano, Texas. Born March 26, 1947, in Hamburg to the late Gerald L. and Margie Knight Noble, she grew up in Pine Bluff where she attended school. In 1967, she married Jim Weatherford and they moved to Texas. Sshe was a homemaker.
Survivors include her children, Leslie Mann of Paris, Texas, Bill Rhonda Weatherford of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Pat and Holly Weatherford of Paris, Texas; her brothers and sisters, Gerald Noble of Springfield, Missouri, Randy Noble and wife Donna of Monticello, Susan McGowen and husband Max of Benton and Sarah Hilton and husband Jay of Monticello; granddaughters, Payton Reese, Jordan Reese, Tori Weatherford and Melanee Burnett; grandsons, Graham Weatherford, Jon Nixon and Tony Burnett; great-grandchildren Miles West and Lillian and Katelyn Nixon; and a companion, Rick Hendrix, four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Frank and Addie Knight and Horace and Bertha Noble; a son-in-law, Wade 'Bo' Mann; and her former husband and friend, Jim Weatherford.
A grave-side memorial service was held at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 27, under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Chad Graves of Monticello officiating.
Contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research or to a church or favorite charity.
Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.