Barbara Hancock Thurmond
Barbara Hancock Thurmond, 76, died peacefully on April 4, 2016 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Barbara Anne was born on April 29, 1939, the fourth child of Frank and Doris Hancock of Crossett (where she grew up on the farm her father built following his Army service in World War I). She graduated from Crossett High School with honors in 1957 and studied English at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and at LSU, eventually earning a Master's degree in English Literature. She then got her teaching certificate from Arkansas State University and taught high school in Paragould, where she lived with her first husband Robert Mitchell (deceased) whom she had met at college in Fayetteville. After their separation she moved to Little Rock, where she taught composition at UALR until her retirement. Shortly after moving to Little Rock, she met and later married Russell Thurmond, who survives her along with their three children Frank, Kate, and Will and her granddaughter Hayley (as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins around the country).
Barbara was an avid reader with a great love for the arts and gave generous support throughout her life to charitable and cultural organizations, including the Arkansas Repertory Theater, The Weekend Theater, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Arts Center, and Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. (As a passionate Razorback fan, she could still be heard 'calling the Hogs' to the very last.) She also had a lifelong dedication to her church, Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
She was loved and cherished by all who knew her for her kind and loving nature and true zest for life, and her beautiful smile brought great joy. She instilled in her children her own love of reading and music, and she supported and encouraged them in every endeavor. Barbara will be deeply missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Crossett on Saturday, April 23 (4:00). Donations may be made in Barbara's honor to any of the aforementioned institutions she supported, including the First United Methodist Church in Crossett.
Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock. www.ruebelfuneralhome.com
Oneida Frances Young
Oneida Frances Young, 68, of Crossett, died at her home Tuesday, April 12, 2016. She was born May 31, 1947, in Parkin to the late Evans and Vera McPherson. She was a school bus driver for over 20 years and a member of Klassy Kruzers Car Club.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby McPherson and Leon McPherson, and one sister, Ethel Dodd.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Young of Crossett; two daughters, Robin Cooper and husband Dale of McGehee and Tammy Morgan of Russellville; two brothers, William McPherson and wife Margie of Dewitt and Raymond McPherson and wife Mary Alice of Bismarck; three grandchildren.
No services will be held at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Morris C. West
Morris C. West, 76, died Wednesday, April 14, 2016, at Magnolia Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 29, 1939, in the Macedonia Community to the late Preston Millard and Verdie Nipper West. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum after 42 years and retired from Arkansas National Guard with 20 years of service. He was a competition trap and skeet shooter.
He was preceded in death by one son, Denny Ray Mason; an infant brother; one sister, Rachel West Terrell; and his former wife, Mary Jane West.
He is survived by his two sons, Ricky Mason and Randy Mason; two sisters, Cornnell "Dolly" West Sellers and Mildred Datray Terrell; two brothers, Pierce M. "Sonny" West and Homer "Dee" West; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Lewis Funeral Home. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home Inc. in Magnolia.
Pallbearers were Jeffrey Mason, Brian Mason, Justin Mason, Justin Mayo, Rodney Garrard, and James Wray.
David Bozeman, 78, of Portland, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Miss. He was a native and lifelong resident of Portland. He was a member of Arkansas National Guard for 26 years and worked for Arkansas AG for 52 years having retired in 2015. He was a member of Portland Baptist Church, a Mason and a member of Hamburg Prairie Lodge #465.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Ann Chapman Bozeman; one daughter, Cynthia Ann Smith; one grandson, Tommy Wayne "Pork Chop" Smith; his parents, Guy David and Velora Hudgins Bozeman; and one brother, Raymond Bozeman.
He is survived by three daughters, Pam Hackett and husband, Dave, of Dermott, Guylene Bozeman and Davinia Martin and husband, Wilburn, all of Portland; four brothers, Charles Bozeman and wife, Linda, of Monroe, La., George Bozeman of Portland, Russell Bozeman of Little Rock and Jimmy Bozeman and wife, Donna, of Portland; three sisters, Mary Jane Streeter of Dermott, Karon Roberts and husband, Jimmy, of Hamburg and Julia Bridges and husband, Dan, of Kingsburg, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Portland Baptist Church with Jerry Selby and Rev. Carl Mason officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Pugh, Don Arensman, Franklin Ricks, Jeff Foster, Robert Hawthorn, H.T. Cunningham, Ronnie Kelley and Curtis Rotton Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were employees of Arkansas AG in Portland and Lake Village.
Memorials may be made to Portland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 174, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
John Thomas Akin
John Thomas (Tom) Akin, 86, of Crossett, died April 15, 2016 at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, La.
He was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Weldon, La. to his parents the late Jacob and Clara Akin. He moved to Crossett in 1959 where he worked in the flooring business for many years. In the 1970s he began building and remodeling homes in the Crossett area. He was a member of Pine Street Church of Christ and served as a deacon and a Bible school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ovaughn Bates Akin, and second wife, Kathrine Quimby Akin.
He is survived by one daughter, Kay Gammel of Crossett~ three sons, Dan Akin and his wife, Debbie of El Dorado, Fred Akin and his wife, Karen of Crossett, and Ben Akin and his wife, Paula, of Algonquin, Ill.~ six grandchildren~ eight great-grandchidren~ and one sister, Edna Whitson, of Shreveport.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18 at Pine Street Church of Christ in Crossett with Bro. Charles Harris officiating. A private family burial committal followed the service in Sycamore Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in El Dorado.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.
John Thomas Akin
Harold Dean Bonnette
Harold Dean Bonnette, age 80, of Crossett, died Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was born Aug. 24, 1935 in Montrose to the late Alvie Kenneth and Jessie Lobelia White Bonnette. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and a retired railroad engineer from AD&N. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church and Crossett Masonic Lodge #576.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Bonnette and Jewel Bonnette, and one brother, Kenny Bonnette.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruth Toler Bonnette of Crossett; one son, Scotty Bonnette of Crossett; two daughters, Deanna Gilbert (Dana) of Hope and Tenetha Bonnette of Crossett; two brothers, Jimmy Bonnette of Monroe, La., and Dan Bonnette of Hot Springs; four sisters, Ann Hare of Benton, Audrey Buckley of Florida, Vera Bonnette of Nebraska and Annette Bonnette of Ohio; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at First Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation was to be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church.
Eddie Lang, 68, of Parkdale, died Friday, April 8, after a lengthy illness. He was a son of Frank and Annie Lang. He was a farm laborer and retired after a 35 year career in farming. He was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie Lang of Parkdale; one daughter, Glenda White of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Michael Lang of Hot Springs and Eddie Lang Jr. of Louisiana; two sisters, Ethel Mae Green and Louise Randoff, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; three brothers, Oscar Lang and Jessie Lang, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Melton Lang of Indianapolis; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, at Union Baptist Church in Parkdale with the Rev. Jessie Knight and pastor and Rev. Donald Manning officiating. Burial followed in Gospel Temple Cemetery in Wilmot.