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Week of March 6

Armetta Johnson Andrews

Armetta Johnson Andrews, 95, of Crossett died on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Born on February 22, 1918, in Crossett to Murry Ethel and Ella Elizabeth Rice Johnson, Mrs. Andrews was a cosmetologist for 55 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include one nephew and a host of nieces. Mrs. Andrews was preceded in death by her husband, Johnie Andrews; a sister, Mattie Mae Neel; and two brothers, Tracy Johnson and Boley Johnson.

Grave-side services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, at the Simms Cemetery with Bro. Jason Bates officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett Palllbearers will be Dan Emory, Wayne Neal, Mark Neal, Robert Neel, James Crihfield, Charles Reynolds, Hamp Neel and Joey Johnson. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the funeral home.

Scott Lawson Campbell, Sr.

Scott Lawson Campbell, Sr., 67, of Crossett died Monday, February 25, 2013, in Calhoun, LA. Born on May 20, 1945, in Dalhart, Texas, to Scott Campbell and Jimmie Campbell Boyd, he was an insurance and real estate agent and had been the owner of Rawls-Campbell Agency. He had been a member of the Crossett Chamber of Commerce, Crossett Housing Authority, Crossett Port Authority and the Crossett Lions Club.

Survivors include one son, Scott Campbell, Jr., and wife Leslie of Calhoun; one daughter, Christina Campbell of Atlanta, GA; and two grandchildren, Victoria Campbell and Hunter Campbell.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Ray Jones officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Streetman, Donald Stafford and Donald Judkins. Paul Langley was an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Ray Cossey

Ray Cossey, 82, of Parkdale died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at his residence. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Ashley County all his life, he was a retired farmer and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, a Mason and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge # 499.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue Martin Cossey of Parkdale; a son, Elbert Ray Cossey of Crossett; four daughters, Linda Barrett of Hot Springs, Dot Zaunbrecher of Benton, Alice Albright of Alma and Mary Jane Johnston of Fountain Hill; a brother, Henry Cossey of Hamburg; a sister, Ruby Curtis of Crossett; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Cecil Lamar Cossey, in 2010; a granddaughter, Marci Rankin, in 2004; his parents, John H. and Alice Wilson Cossey; six brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. James Cossey and Lloyd Townsend officiating. Burial was in the Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cecil Ray Cossey, Anthony Zaunbrecher, Keith Barrett, Jeffery Albright, Josh Cossey, Vick Barrett, Matthew Rankin, Vincent Zaunbrecher and John Thomas Zaunbrecher. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499, Bumper Thornhill, Jeff Curtis and Stan White. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, c/o Mary Jo Burns, 3741 Highway 8 East, Parkdale, AR 71661. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Joseph McCoy, Jr.

Joseph McCoy Jr., 69, of Lake Village died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born April 1, 1943, in Lake Village to the late Joseph McCoy, Sr., and Pearline Griffin McCoy, he was a farmer and a Baptist.

He is survived by a son, Joseph McCoy, III, of Hamburg; two daughters, Dorothy McCoy of Hamburg and Brenda McCoy of Crossett; a close friend, Mary Henry of Little Rock; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean McCoy and Sarah Lee McCoy, and a brother, Richard McCoy.

Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the New Cemetery in Lake Village with Rev. Ceasar Paul officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopfuneral homeinc.com.

Sally Palesteene Mills

Sally Palesteene Mills, 101, of Crossett died Monday, February 25, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker and former cook for a nursing home and loved to quilt and was an avid gardener.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelia A. McNeice and Morene Hisaw of Lake Village; a son, E. O. Mills of Crossett; one brother, W. R. Blankenship of Crossett; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Obie Mills; two children, A. J. Herman Mills and Wallace Mills; and five siblings, Odessa Blankenship Mills, H. C. "Shorty" Blankenship, Houston Blankenship, Lavelle Blankenship and J. E. Blank-enship.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, in the Medders Funeral Home chapel in Crossett followed by a private burial at the Antioch Cemetery. Guest book at meddersfuneral home.com.

March 13

Ollie Mae Bolton

Ollie Mae Bolton, 103, of Ruston, LA, formerly of Ashley County, died Sunday, February 24, 2013. She was born on October 26, 1909, to Simon and Hattie Mae Spencer and was a member of St. Mary Baptist Church in Ruston. She served for 40 years as president of the Adult and Youth Usher Board, Women's Mission and Women's Ministry.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. Joseph and wife Cathy Austin and Randy and wife Doris Parks; one daughter, Elizabeth and husband David Oliver; two granddaughters, Tyronza and husband James McConnell and Damian and husband Eric Brantley; nine grandsons, Giovanni Austin, Joseph V. Austin, James and wife Noell Otwell, Nick Parks, Nathan Parks, Jason Parks and Christopher and wife Anna Lisa Parks, six great-grandchildren, Zack Otwell, Riayn Otwell, Emily Otwell, Eric Austin, Elexica Austin and Jasmine Turner; a special friend, Pauline Gray; a special niece, Annette Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, Joseph Austin, Jr., and Marconi V. Austin; a daughter-in-law, Ethelene Austin; two brothers and four sisters, Dolly Gilliams, Lola Mae Simmons, Florence Spencer and Lucy Mae Mason.

Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Ruston. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Our Christian Funeral Home of Ruston.

Leona Gertrude Jordan

Leona Gertrude Jordan, 98, of Crossett died on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation only eight hours before she would have been 99 years old. Born on March 10, 1914, in Crossett to Lonnie and Rosella Rickman Johnson, Mrs. Jordan was a homemaker, enjoying cooking and yard work. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church since the early 1930s.

Survivors include her husband of 79 years, Perry Jordan of Crossett; two sons, Glenn Jordan and wife Alice of Crossett and Don Jordan and wife Nona of West Monroe, LA; one daughter, Betty Rodgers and husband Bill of Crossett; eight grandchildren, Larry Jordan, David Jordan, Stephen Jordan, Damon Jordan, Lisa Peyton, Paige Grissom, Brooke Hogue and Derek Rodgers; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, J. L. Johnson and David Johnson; and two sisters, Thelma Estelle and Ardelle Seach.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

William "Bill" Allen Martin

William "Bill" Allen "Row" Martin, 61, of Crossett died at his home on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Born January 8, 1952, in El Dorado to Allen Martin and Varniece Temple Martin, he was a graduate of Crossett High School and worked as a boiler engineer/design craftsman in the sheet metal industry. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Crossett and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his father, Allen Martin; one sister, Linda Riles and husband Rick of Crossett; one chosen son, Jeremy Church of Longview; one chosen daughter Angel Garner and husband Scott of Savannah, TN; four grandchildren, Sidney and Seth Garner of Savannah, TN, and Dylan and Trevor Locke; one nephew, DeWayne Carter of Crossett; and three great-nephews, Aaron Carter of Crossett and Crockett and Theo Smith of Strong; one great-niece, Kaitlyn Carter of Charleston; and a host of other family members. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents, Gil and Estelle Martin and Lloyd and Nettie Temple.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and Travis Roberts officiating. Burial followed at the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Dennis Alexander, James Land, Sonny Lowry, Danny Smith, Tommy Lane Smith, Robert Cottrell and Phil Martin with David Mills as an honorary pallbearer.

Harold Lee Prescott

Harold Lee Prescott, 68, of Hamburg died Friday, March 8, 2013. Born January 20, 1945, in Crossett to the late Charles Clifford Prescott and Rena Faye Turman, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Ashley County Road Department and an active member of Southside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Clarice Ray Gieger Prescott; three sons, David Prescott and wife Gail of Attica, KS, and Terry and Todd Prescott of Wichita, KS; four daughters, Becky Woods of Wichita, Shelia Stennett and husband Dale of Long Beach, MS, and Stacy Breland and husband Joey and Mollie Holmes and husband Charlie of Gulfport, MS; six sisters, Ellice Gulledge of Hamburg, Mary Hicks of Dermott, Annett Broomfield and husband Dale of American Falls, ID, Elizabeth Thompson and husband Chuck of Hamburg, Norman Jean Burris and husband Frankie of Jonesboro and Margaret Mixon of McGehee; four brothers, Charles Prescott of Dermott, Norman Prescott and wife Pat of Lantana, FL, Bobby Joe Prescott of Cabot and Randy Prescott and wife Vivian of Monticello; 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Claudine Bryant.

A memorial service is planned for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Southside Baptist Church of Hamburg. Cremation arrangements were by Arkansas Funeral Care.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Southside Baptist Church Parsonage Fund. Guest book at www.arkansas funeralcare.com.

Lee Eunice Shaw

Lee Eunice Shaw, 79, of Crossett died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, LA. She was a native of Strong and lived in Crossett for the past 31 years. She was a retired CNA and a member of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She loved going to church, gospel singing and fishing. She was very active in her church and served as president of the Phillip Grove Senior Choir and was a missionary and a deaconess. She was also a member of Singing Union #3 and Community Singing Union #2.

She is survived by two sons, Demargo Shaw of Oklahoma and Willie "Bo Pete" Shaw of Little Rock; two brothers, Herman Washington of Gary, IN, and Garland Washington, Jr., of East Chicago, IN; two sisters, Naomi Meadows of Strong and Vivian Gatewood of Santa Maria, CA; three grandchildren, Veronica Martin, Herman Gilbert and Tasha Shaw of Little Rock; ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Abraham "Abe" Shaw; one son, Abraham Shaw, Jr.; one daughter, Leola Gilbert; one grandson, Rodney Shaw; her parents, Garland and Verna Allen Washington; three brothers, Theodis, George and Eddie Leo Washington; and two sisters, Frances Washington and Jerelean Preston.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Horace Ingram and John Childress officiating. Pallbearers are Thaddeus Richard, Freddie Robinson, Robert Scates, James Adams, Terry Gilliam and George Jacob, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are deacons and trustees of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist. Burial will be in the Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg, Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Mamie Lee Tumlison

Mamie Lee Tumlison, 85, of Monroe, Louisiana, died Friday, March 8, 2013. A native of Wisner, LA, a resident of Monroe for a number of years and a former resident of Mabelvale and Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Sardis United Methodist Church in Bauxite. She was an avid square dancer and loved traveling around the country camping.

She is survived by four sons, Pat Diamond of Dallas, Texas, Bobby Diamond of Killeen, Texas, Rev. David Diamond of Baton Rouge, LA, and Steve Diamond of Fort Worth, Texas; six brothers, J. B. Barefield of Jigger, LA, Raymond Barefield and Robert Barefield of Troup, Texas, Carl Barefield and George Allen Barefield of West Monroe, LA, and Russell Barefield of Bastrop, LA; four sisters, Emma Glasscock of Jonesboro, LA, Lottie Corbin and Lynn Newsman of Monroe and Betty Peterson of Jackson, LA; ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George E. Diamond, in 1979 and James (Son) Tumlison in 2003; and her parents, Robert Miles and Johnnie McDaniel Barefield.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. David Diamond officiating. Pallbearers were to be George Barefield, Russell Barefield, Daniel Mora, Jonah Mora, Michael Diamond and Jeremy Diamond. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2407 Ferrand Street, Monroe, LA 71201-3248.

Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Henry D. Williams

Henry D. Williams, 78, of Lake Village died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Nursing Home in Lake Village. He was a native of Parkdale, a resident of Lake Village for the past 15 years, a retired farm truck driver and a member of Union Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing dominoes and telling jokes.

He is survived by one son, Henry D. Williams, Jr., of Jacksonville; one brother, Herman Williams and wife Freddie Mae of Parkdale; four sisters, Pastor Willie Mae Goodwin of Crossett, Dorothy Bland of Wilmot, Morzell Dortch of Parkdale and Clora Easby and husband Leon of St. Louis, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Letha Aldridge; two brothers, Lawrence and L.C. Williams; and his grandmother, Clowdin Collins.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie C. Knight officiating. Pallbearers are Larry, Marvin, Alvin, Randy and Jerry Goodwin and Leroy Williams. Honorary pallbearers are deacons and trustees of Union Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Childress Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Visitation is Friday, March 15, from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Lois Christeen Williams

Lois Christeen Williams, 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center. Born on December 25, 1932, in Fountain Hill to Thomas Oden and Velma Stanley Oden Smith, she was a homemaker and loved to can, quilt, crochet and was an excellent seamstress.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Preston Williams, Sr., of Crossett; one son, Preston Williams and wife Mitzi of Crossett; two daughters, Sheila Williams of Melissa, TX, and Sharon Bowen and husband Gary of Hot Springs Village; one brother, Junior Oden of Hamburg; one sister, Tomie Morris Williamson of Alvin, TX; six grandchildren, Angie McNally, Amanda Schweng, Candace Acker, Chris Williams, Trey Williams and Nicholos Huneycutt; and three great-grandchildren, Melanie Tidwell, Drake Williams, Savannah McNally. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather, Leonard Smith; a sister, Mandy Pennington; and three brothers, Jake Oden, Odell Oden and Duward Oden.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, March 11, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed at the Zion Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Published March 20

Raymond Blair

Raymond Blair, 64, of Crossett died on Monday, March 11, 2013. The son of Robert Blair and Odessa Williams Blair, he was born August 22, 1948, in Stephens. He was a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church, Class #7 and the Wednesday Bible Class. He graduated from Carver High School in Stephens in 1966 and received a business administration degree in 1971 from Southern State College in Magnolia. An employee of Georgia Pacific's paper mill for 35 years, he retired as a winder operator. A former Crossett School Board member, he was an avid reader and loved watching sports and westerns.

Survivors include a daughter, Ramonda Blair Fields and a grandson, Triston Fields, of Everman, Texas; the mother of his children and caregiver, Gloria Blair of Crossett; three brothers, Horace Alexander of Kansas City, MO, Ray C. Blair and wife Jean of Milwaukee, WI, and Ira J. Blair of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Reatha Weaver and husband James of Camden and Ophelia Johnson and husband Will, of Long Island, NY; a special friend, Virgie Haynes of Monticello; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Ricky Blair; and his sister, Linda Alexander.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Harold White officiating. Pallbearers were Donald Flentroy, Donald Baldwin, John Wright, Perry Johnson, Ulysses Haynes, Jr., Robert Cornelius, Jr., and James Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Duke, Robert Cornelius, Sr., Artis Quinn Moore, Aaron Harris, Jr., Harvey Duke, Carl Lee Tucker, Ralph Jackson, Charlie Ford, Rodney Wade, Leroy Davis, David Childress, Samuel Jones, William Willis and James Smedley. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Juanita Rainwater Buckner

Juanita Rainwater Buckner, 90, of Crossett died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Alvarado Nursing Home in Alvarado, TX. Born August 6, 1922, in Memphis, TN, to Robert Jennings and Eunice Smith Rainwater, the family moved to Mississippi and stayed 10 years before moving to Crossett in 1932. She was active in school activities including playing the French horn in the band and was on the debate team that won the state championship in the "B" division.

She attended Ouachita Baptist College for two years where she married and gave birth to her daughter Helen.

She remarried in 1952 to John Wordy Buckner, Sr., a widower with five children. After all six children left home, she and Wordy left Crossett and both went back to college at Northeast Louisiana State University in Monroe.

They then moved to Conway where she got a BSE degree at UCA with honors in history. She belonged to the Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Beta Alpha and Alpha Chi fraternities.

She taught eleventh grade history and was librarian as St. Joseph Catholic High School in Conway for three years before they returned to Crossett in 1975. She was the Crossett Public librarian. She retired from that position in 1991. She was a devoted pastor's wife and a helpmate to her husband as they served the Lord together for 48 years. She was a Sunday School teacher and played the piano for the churches they pastored and also taught piano in the Crossett Public Schools.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen Wright of Cleburne, TX; a son-in-law, Bill Arrington of Monroe, LA; four stepchildren, Luther Buckner and wife Annette of Murfreesboro, TN, Jim Buckner and wife Linda of Fayetteville, John Wordy Buckner, Jr., and wife Sandy of Springfield, MO, and Dottie Buckner Clark and husband Mike of Guatemala; 25 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren,11 great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Lynn Higginbotham Murphy and family of Houston, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her only sibling, Dorothy Rainwater Higgin-botham; her step-daughter, Martha Buckner Arrington; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Dr. Mike Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Build Your House on the Rock Home for Children in Guatemala, Crossett Public Library or Martinville Baptist Church in Hamburg.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Marvin L. Copeland

Marvin L. Copeland, 79, of Chidester died Friday, March 8, 2013, in Shreveport, LA. He was born in Crossett.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Southerland Copeland of Chidester; seven children, Jeffery Wayne of Mississippi, Jerald Mark of Arkansas, John Calvin, James Lee and Marvin Ray of Louisiana and Russell Francis and Shirley Ann of Massachusetts; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden with Rev. Ken Key officiating. To sign the online guest register, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Janette Edwards

Carolyn Janette Johnson Edwards, 67, of Crossett died on Friday, March 15, 2013. Born on April 28, 1945, in Rayville, LA, to the late Otis Johnson and Helen Wheat, Mrs. Edwards loved her career in nursing, yard work and enjoyed her pets.

Survivors include one son, Douglas Olen Craig, Jr., and wife Cindy of Sheridan; two daughters, Stacey Crowe and Joe Broadus of Donaldson and Salli Sayger of Portland; one brother, Michael Wheat and wife Carol Ann of Selby, NC; one sister, Cindy Grassi and husband Corky of Crossett; six grandchildren, Kristi Tolar, Jimmy Sutherland, Michael Crowe, Brandon Poole, Amy Craig and Cassie Craig; five great-grandchildren, Kamryn and Greyson Martin, Hunter Dodson, Taylor and Tyler Poole; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating. Burial was to follow at the Carter Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Humane Society, P. O. Box 253, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. \

Willeen Eugenia Norsworthy

Willeen Eugenia Carruth Norsworthy, 86, of Crossett died Monday, March 18, 2013. Born on August 14, 1926, to Walter Everett, Sr., and Myrtis Moorer Carruth in Hamburg, she owned and operated a shopping center for many years with her husband. She loved traveling, shopping and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include one brother, Walter E. Carruth, Jr., and wife Doris of Bastrop, LA; two half-sisters, Jo Ann Carroll and husband Frank "Sonny" of Bastrop and Jane Carroll and husband Biddy of El Paso, TX; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Norsworthy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Thomas Norsworthy.

Grave-side services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones-service.com.

Lorene Pamplin

Lorene Pamplin, 86, of Lake Village died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was raised by her grandmother, Bammie Tharp Land, in Ashley County and was a resident of Lake Village for many years. She graduated in 1946 from Portland High School and on August 5, 1946, she married Earl Pamplin of Boydell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Earl Pamplin; two daughters, Linda Bond and husband Bruce and Barbara Adams and husband Mike; and four grandchildren, Susan Book, Jason Bond, Michael Adams and Christopher Adams, all of Lake Village. She was preceded in death by a son, Don Pamplin, and a brother, Wesley McCain.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, at the Lake Village Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bell officiating. Burial was to be at the Snyder Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jason Bond, Melvin Book, Michael Adams, Christopher Adams, Jimmy Williams and Tony Adams. Honorary pallbearers were to be Cullen Livingston, Bob Brantley, Rudy Wrzesinski, Curt Beavers, R.D. Selby, Johnny Matthews and Gary Matthews.

Memorials may be made to the Lake Village Baptist Church, 301 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Village, AR 71653. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Robert Dupree Pritchard

Robert Dupree Pritchard, 61, of Crossett died on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home. Born on February 9, 1952, in Drew County to the late Dupree and Ouida Mae Brown Pritchard, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill. He was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include one son, Bryan Pritchard of Crossett; one daughter, Melissa Bennett and husband William of Crossett; one brother, Ray Ferguson and wife Tina of Monticello; and seven grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Stanley Pritchard; a son, Robert Dupree Pritchard, Jr;. and four brothers.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Reverend Ray Mills officiating. Burial was to follow at the Simms Cemetery. Guest book at www.jones service.com.

Charles Edward Robbins

Charles Edward "Blackie" Robbins, 85, of Crossett died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was born in Thornton on Sept. 22, 1927, to Mary and Curnie Robbins and graduated from Crossett High School in 1947. He retired as a conductor for the Ashley Drew & Northern Railroad, where he also served as the longtime local chairman and national delegate of the United Transportation Union. He farmed in Chicot County and was a member of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Minneapolis in the Pacific. He loved to read, work with wood and tinker with small engines. A wildlife enthusiast, he also liked to fish and bird hunt and was a former Boy Scout leader.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sue Hayden Robbins; his children, Candy Robbins of Crossett, C. F. "Bubba" Robbins of Portland and Julie C. Robbins of Little Rock; his granddaughters, Hayden Doss of Monroe, LA, and Adrienne Doss of Little Rock; a sister, Sybil Robbins Temple of Cedartown, GA; a brother, Jimmy Robbins of Rayville, LA; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Berniece Robbins; his older brothers, Victor Earl Robbins and Lavern "Monkey" Robbins; two half-brothers, Hayward Robbins and Gilbert Robbins; and two nephews, Charles Ray Robbins and Billy Earl Robbins.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews, Victor Wayne Robbins, James David Robbins, Michael Robbins, Richard Robbins, Johnny Robbins and Robert Temple.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Friends of the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or the Kone-Crossland Zoo, 1141 Parkway Drive, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Donald Preston Williams, Sr.

Donald Preston Williams, Sr., 86, of Crossett died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Born on May 28, 1926, in Arkadelphia to Pryor and Nettie Lee Williams, he was a World War II U. S. Army veteran and a self-employed heavy equipment/truck operator. He loved the outdoors and was a skilled gardener. He enjoyed bird feeding, reading western novels, and listening to bluegrass, country swing and big band music.

Survivors include one son, Preston Williams, Jr., and wife Mitzi of Crossett; two daughters, Sheila Williams of Melissa, TX, and Sharon Bowen and husband Gary of Hot Springs Village; one brother, Calvin Williams of Dermott; two sisters, Norma Kelley of Conway and Nola Thomas of Camden; six grandchildren, Chris Williams, Trey Williams, Angie McNally, Amanda Schweng, Candace Acker and Nicholas Huneycutt; and three great-grandchildren, Drake Williams, Melanie Tidwell and Savannah McNally. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois Williams; two sisters, Doris Lookadoo and Marie Trask; and his stepmother, Bessie Williams.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Pallbearers were Chris Williams, Trey Williams, Nicholas Huneycutt, Scott McNally, Preston Schweng and Justin Acker. Drake Williams was an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed at the Zion Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Cleola Youngblood

Cleola "Sugar Mama" Youngblood, 87, of Crossett died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Arkansas Heart Hospital. She was a native of Bradley County, a homemaker, and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She loved going to church and was a faithful member of the Senior Choir and an usher until her health failed.

She is survived by four sons, Leon Washington of St. Paul, MN, Otha Washington of Richfield, MN, Preston Girtman, Jr., and Willie Lee Girtman of Crossett; one daughter, Ella Ruth Brown and husband Todd; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee "Bob" Youngblood; her first husband, Preston Girtman; her daughter, Eddy Mae Washington; her parents, Willie and Lonia Bluford Mason; three brothers, Willie "Buddy" Mason, Willie "Son Man" Mason and Rev. Simmie Mason; and two sisters, Mary Alexander and Emma Phillips.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Willie Couser, Otha Burk, Ricky Brown, Bruce Wright, Nathan Girtman and Charles Moore. Honorary pallbearers are the New Bethel Ushers Ministry. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Viewing will be Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

March 27

Emmalee Sue Berryman

Emmalee Sue Berryman of Hamburg, infant daughter of Jason and Robin Stanley Berryman, died March 20, 2013, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Mary Sue Berryman.

She is also survived by a sister, Katelynn White of Hamburg; her grandparents, Charles and Betty Berryman of Hamburg and Shirley Lyons and Roland Stanley of Crossett; and her great-grandmother, Colie Will Berryman of Fountain Hill.

Grave-side funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, in the Hollis Chapel Memory Garden Cemetery with Rev. Willie Thornhill officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Anna Etheridge Burgess

Anna Maude Garrard Etheridge Burgess, 90, of Middleton, Tennessee, died on Sunday, March 17, 2013. She was a homemaker after moving from Hamburg to Middleton.

She is survived by her oldest son, Young Hogan Etheridge and wife Katherine Ann Chapman Etheridge of Oak Ridge, TN; six grandchildren, Young Hogan Allen Etheridge, Jennifer Ann Etheridge, William Ashley Etheridge, Samuel Chapman Etheridge, William Amos Etheridge, and Jonathan Edwin Bethune Etheridge. She also had 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She outlived two husbands, Young H. Etheridge of Hamburg and O. Preston Burgess of Middleton, and was also preceded in death by a son, William Garrard "Bill" Etheridge; and a granddaughter, Allise Clare Etheridge Howell.

She was buried at the Rogers Springs Church of Christ Cemetery near Middleton beside her husband Preston with arrangements by Shackelford Funeral Directors of Boliver, Tennessee.

Memorials may be made to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hamburg.

Lorraine Faith CalhoonM

Lorraine Faith Calhoon, 75, of Crossett and a homemaker died unexpectedly on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Alexandria, Louisiana.

She is survived by her five children, Danny Calhoon and wife Kathy of Pueblo, CO, Allen Calhoon and wife Kellie of Boone, CO, Debby Richter and husband Heniz of W. Valley City, UT, Peggy Goldsberry of Bastrop, LA, and Karen Wilson and husband Joe of Crossett; two brothers, Marvin Miles of Washington and Ronald Miles of Hamburg; many grandchildren and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Wilbur Leroy Calhoon; her parents,Otto and Mildred Miles; a son-in-law, Michael Goldsberry; two great-grandsons and a brother, Nathan Hank.

The family will have a memorial service for her at a later date in Pueblo, CO.

Kenneth L. Leigh, Sr.

Kenneth L. Leigh, Sr., 75, of Hamburg died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he retired from the Arkansas National Guard after 21 years of service and worked for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill for 45 years until retiring in 2000. He was a member and deacon of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beth Barnett Leigh; a son, Kenneth Leigh, Jr., and wife, Wanda of Hamburg; a daughter, Anita Carle and husband Leonard of Hope; a sister, Christine Riley of Hamburg; two brothers, Johnnie Leigh of Hamburg and Danny Leigh of Conway; three grandchildren, Kenton Leigh of Jonesboro, Matthew Leigh of Monticello and Wayne Smith and wife Emily of Roanoke, Texas. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Barnett Leigh, in 1957; his parents, Alpheus and Addine Swan Leigh; and a stepbrother, A. J. Leigh.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 23, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Joey Meredith and Michael Kelley officiating. Burial was at the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Herbert Wallace, Andrew Wallace, Fred Sivils, Ross Bryan, Troy Farmer, Junior Campbell and Ronnie Nelms. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Adult Men's Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 400 Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Frances Ruth Maglothin

Frances Ruth Maglothin, 71, of Dermott died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Dermott City Nursing Home. Born June 11, 1941, in Fountain Hill, the daughter of the late Troy Lee Gorman and Lillie Bell Stanley Gorman, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors are two sons, Wayman White of Oklahoma City, OK, and Jessie White of Fort Smith; two daughters, Marilyn Malley of Kensett and Marie Lindberg of Lake Village; three brothers, James Cessor of Hamburg and Gary Wayne Cessor and Lonnie Cessor of Little Rock; four sisters, Glenda Fought of Hazen, Janice Higginbotham of Hamburg, Nita Burriss of Crossett and Charlet Towe of Olla, LA; 16 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Maglothin.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Union Cemetery in Montrose with Bro. Bud Banks officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopfuneral homeinc.com.

Margaret Louise Nutt McBroom

Margaret Louise Nutt McBroom, 73, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, March 18, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was a beautician and a member of First Assembly of God but attended Faith Baptist Church.

Mrs. McBroom is survived by her husband, Howard McBroom, Sr.; three children, Sherry Parsons and husband Tony of Las Vegas, NV, Shelia Shipman and husband Kelly of Bastrop, Howard McBroom, Jr., and close friend, Sherry Turnbow of Bastrop; two sisters, Joyce Frith and husband Colise of Pollock, LA, and Lois Frith of Merryville, LA; two brothers, Donnie Nutt of Conway and Dale Nutt of DeRidder, LA; six grandchildren, Justin and Dustin McBroom, Chad and Shane Leggett and Sierra and Dakota Shipman; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha and Hunter Leggett, Adriana McBroom and Carsyn McBroom.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Nutt, Bill Nutt and Dole Nutt; three sisters, Dorothy Anderson, Doris Diamond and Lavon Bruton; and a brother-in-law, Billy Frith.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Tracy Ferriss officiating amd with arrangements by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop.

Marilyn Jane Trantham

Marilyn Jane "Janie" Trantham, 57, of Boydell died Friday, March 22, 2013, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a homemaker and a Baptist. Janie loved talking to friends on the computer.

She is survived by three brothers, James Hallman of Monticello, David Hallman of Greenville, MS, and John Sheffield of Conway; two stepbrothers, Danny and Deveron Sheffield of Hot Springs; two sisters, Peggy Hallman of Monticello and Sarah Sheffield of Dermott; a special niece, Rebecca Hallman of Boydell; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Trantham; her parents, Omar Hallman and Agnes Cotton Sheffield; and two brothers, Edward and Lewis Hallman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Cromwell Funeral Home with Bro. Kyle Bryant officiating. Pallbearers were Charlie Murphy, Colby Dodson, Nicholas Dodson, Gene Trantham, Richard Lemley, Keith Rossom, Parker Rossom and Brandon Rodriguez. Burial was in the Snyder Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Elizabeth Clark, Financial & Missions Director, 904 Autumn Rd., Ste. 500, Little Rock, AR 72211 or The American Cancer Society, 901 South University, Little Rock, AR 72207. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

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