Lee Dale Bolden, 58, of Lake Village, died Dec. 6, 2016 in Little Rock. Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at Zion Temple Church of God in Christ in Lake Village. Burial followed in The New Cemetery in Lake Village under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.
Phillip "Calvin" Ebarb
Phillip "Calvin" Ebarb, 79, of Crossett, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at his home. He was born June 22, 1937, in Shreveport, La., to his parents, Phillip and Grace Ebarb.
He was a member of the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb and served four years in the United States Air Force which included a tour in Morocco.
He worked as a supervisor of the landscaping crew for the State Highway Department in California. He coached a local baseball team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Grace
Ida Seifert Ebarb; one son, Donald Roy Ebarb; and one brother, Walter Frederick Ebarb.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lana Gale Ebarb of Crossett; two sons, Phillip Christopher Ebarb and wife Suzi of Crossett and Ronald Ray Ebarb of Redlands, Calif.; three brothers, Benjamin Harold Ebarb and wife Arlene of Thayer, Mo., Thomas Ebarb and wife Nancy of Crossett, and Julius Hugh Ebarb and wife Gloria also of Crossett; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Neal officiating.
Donald Hickman, 72, of Bastrop, La., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. He was a native of Monroe, La., and worked as a fireman in Bastrop and a policeman in Oak Grove, La. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a Golden Glove boxer for many years and taught boxing after he retired.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wiley Hickman; his mother and step-father, Opal Madden Hickman Risher and Bob Risher; one sister, Joette Hickman; and two brothers, Billy Jack Hickman and Robert Hickman.
He is survived by eight sons, Aaron Hickman of Oak Grove, Grant Hickman of Clinton, Seth Hickman of Shreveport, La., Randy Hickman and Ricky Hickman, both of Florida, Caden Hickman of Clinton, Donavan Hickman of West Monroe, La., and Chad Hickman of Bastrop; four daughters, Noel Taylor, Tamara Stripling and Deni Hickman, all of Bastrop, and Becky Hickman of Florida; his twin brother, Ronald Hickman of Crossett; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22 in Carter Cemetery on Collinston Road in Bastrop with Bro. Stan Keeley officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are William Roy Hickman, Carl Hickman, Jerek Garcia, Keith Hickman, Ishiah Garcia, Bruce Hickman, Kenny Hickman and Glen Farrah.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Paul Holland, 63, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Crossett and a former resident of Key West, Fla. He graduated in 1971 from San Pierre High School in North Judson, Ind., and attended Ball State University. He was a Methodist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jere and Elise Jane Williams Holland, and one brother, Don Russell Holland.
Among other family, he is survived by his aunt, Annette William Fryar of Crossett.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
James Austin (JJ) Johnson
James Austin (JJ) Johnson left this earthly life early Sunday morning, December 11, 2016. He was born on November 24, 1947 in Greenville, South Carolina to the late James Albert and Mary Nell Marrs Johnson. A graduate of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, JJ received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History.
JJ was a lay minister in the Episcopal Church and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Lake Village, Arkansas. He was also a graduate of and instructor for the Education for the Ministry program from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. For almost 20 years he published a daily email prayer chain, "Dry Bones", named for the Biblical passage of Ezekiel 37:1-14.
JJ enjoyed immensely his career in newspaper work, which began in 1974 at The Franklin County Citizen. He worked as reporter, sports editor, news editor, and managing editor at several newspapers in GA before moving to Crossett, Arkansas in 2000 to work for the Ashley News Observer. His final newspaper job was editor and publisher of the Chicot Spectator in Lake Village, Arkansas, from which he retired for health reasons in 2004.
JJ was an avid photographer and motorcyclist. He loved riding his Honda Interstate and camping with his family. During retirement JJ and Judy enjoyed RV'ing and volunteering at state and national parks and other campgrounds around the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Judy Whitworth Johnson, son William Earl Johnson, and grandchildren Benjamin and Elizabeth Johnson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Peggy and David Tatum and Betty and Kenneth Stephens; niece, Angie McBrayer; nephew, Todd Tatum.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Lake Village, Arkansas with Rev. Gene Crawford and Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. In Toccoa, Georgia a memorial service will also be held the week after Christmas. In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial donations to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 416 S. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Village, AR 71653 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service of Lake Village, AR. Online guest book may be signed at www.griffinculpepper.com
James Craig Manning Sr.
James Craig Manning Sr. of Crossett died Friday at age 77.
He was a member and former lay leader of First United Methodist Church, the couples Sunday school class, the Rotary Club, the MFIC Investment Club, and the Salvation Army.
He was born and raised in Newton, Iowa, and was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, class of 1961. He worked at Georgia-Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Webb Manning; two sons, Jim Manning Jr. (wife Gayla) of Columbus, Ohio and Mark Manning of Orange County, Calif.; two daughters, Sharon Manning Deist (husband Karl) of Casper, Wyo., and Keeshan Bell Crow (husband Norman) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one sister, Jan Rubens of Savanah, Ga.; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russell Moore officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Bob Vandiver, John Hollimon, Willie Washington, David Anderson, Claude Spainhour, Dr. Andy Gresham, Eddie Cheatam, Phil Gilmore, Justin Reed, Jason Sasser and Rico Mansfield.
The family requests that memorials may be made to Greater Crossett Food Bank, Salvation Army, First United Methodist Church of Crossett, or the Imaginations program at Crossett Public Library.
Arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Phillip Adrian McDonald
Phillip Adrian McDonald, 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at Crossett Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Hamburg July 7, 1935. He was a Baptist and served in the U.S. Army. He drove trucks for many years and his employers included Georgia Pacific, Wales Transportation, and Gwin Logging.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Adrian and Verdell McDonald; one son, Phillip Adrian McDonald Jr.; two brothers, Jimmy McDonald and Garvin McDonald; and three sisters, Dorothy McDonald, Jean Carpenter, and Linda Barnett.
He is survived by one daughter, Shelia McDonald of Lake Village; two sons, Robert McDonald of Louisville, Ken., and James "Scott" McDonald of Crossett; two brothers, Billy McDonald and wife Gursta and Gary McDonald, both of Hamburg; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Dr. J.D. Rankin
Dr. J.D. Rankin, 81, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice Center in Springdale. He was a native of Elaine and a resident of Hamburg since 1965. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He graduated from Hendrix College in 1957 and from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1961. He practiced medicine in Hamburg for 51 years, was on the staff of Ashley County Medical Center, and served as chief of staff on several different occasions. He was the medical director of Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Hamburg for many years. He served on the Hamburg school board for many years and president for 10 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Rankin Sr.; his mother, Sara Elizabeth Sharp Rankin Vandiver; his step-father, William Doyle Vandiver; and one brother, William Earl Rankin.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Stanley Rankin of Hamburg; three sons, James "Jim" D. Rankin III of Little Rock, Stanley Downey Rankin and wife, Stacie, of Springdale and Dr. Joshua David Rankin and wife, Valerie, of Fayetteville; his step-sister, Carolyn Vandiver Pollan and husband, Corbett, of Memphis, Tenn.; his sister-in-law, Syble Lang Rankin of Albertville, Alabama and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Jeff Foote Sr., Dr. Louis Garcia, Dr. Andy Gresham, Philip Gilmore, Will Rankin and Sebastian Rankin. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the men's Sunday school class of First Baptist Church and the medical staff of Ashley County Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Eddie Dewayne Savage
Eddie Dewayne "Plug" Savage, age 55, of Hamburg died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Fountain Hill, a construction worker and a member of Fountain Hill United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Ryan Savage, and his parents, Orrel Dewayne Savage and Jessie Savage-Hurdle.
He is survived by one son, William Savage wife Ashley of Hamburg; two daughters, Crystal Dee Gonzales and Heather Lynn Aulds husband Robert, all of Hamburg; three brothers, Orrel Dewayne Savage Jr. of California, Roy Savage of Hamburg, and Troy Savage wife Cheryl of Prairieville, La.; one sister, LaDonna Lambert husband Danny of Prairieville; and nine grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Fountain Hill United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry Street, Fountain Hill, AR 71642 with Eddie Dean Savage officiating. Arrangements were made by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
J.B. Stanley, 94, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of the Milo community outside Hamburg, a resident of the Pine Hill community since 1968 and a former resident of Crossett and Pine Bluff. He worked at Pine Bluff Arsenal and Kenneth Kraft Appliances for 14 years. He was the owner of Stanley Appliances and worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He was a carpenter until he retired at age 88. He was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Vera Jordan Stanley; one grandson, Kevin Orr Jr.; his parents, Shelton and Anna Knight Stanley; three brothers, Eugene Stanley, Willard Stanley and Shelton Stanley Jr.; and three sisters, Ruby Culp, Stella Craig and Elsie Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Aimee Browning Stanley of Hamburg; three sons, Eddie Stanley and wife, Molly, of Crossett, Scott Berry and wife, Dee Dee, of Houston, Texas and Brian Berry and wife, Joanna, of New Hampshire; three daughters, Shirley Orr of Hamburg, Leigh Davis and husband, Kevin, of Minden, La., and Kimberly Naff and husband, James, of Harrison; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Boseman and Bro. Kenneth Neal officiating.
Burial was in Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Stanley Jr., James Stanley, Danny Orr, Brad Orr, Stanley Fox and Shane Fox.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim Naff and Kevin Davidson.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to Gideon's International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Jo Ann Johnson Townley
Jo Ann Johnson Townley, of Crossett, died Dec. 12, 2016 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 5, 1933 in Crossett and was a homemaker and member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary Francis Davis Johnson; her husband, Belton "Dugan" Townley; one son, Jack David Townley; three brothers, Bert Johnson, Tommy Johnson and Harold Ray Johnson; and one sister, Margie Russell.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Townley and Randy Townley (Luanne), both of Crossett; one daughter, Kimberly Stratton (Joe) of El Dorado; three brothers, Johnny Mack Johnson of Crossett, David Johnson of Little Rock, and Jimmy Johnson of Bryant; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Hearron officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.