Flossie Mae Johnson
Flossie Mae Johnson, 88, of Wilmot, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at her daughter’s residence in Hamburg. She was a native of Marianna, a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi Walker and Ida Mae Smith; first husband, Matt Stanley; second husband, Henry Johnson; one son, James Earl Stanley; and one daughter, Vivian Ann Davidson.
She is survived by six sons, Matt "Duke" Stanley Jr. of Wilmot, Lawrence "Soon Soon" Stanley, wife Jean of Hamburg, Willie "Pap" Stanley of Monticello, Westly "Willie" Stanley of Wilmot, Elijah "Red" Stanley of Hamburg, and Willie Lee "Thang” Stanley, wife Carolyn of Hamburg; two daughters, Cresie Mae Stanley and Shelly Ann Stanley both of Hamburg; 42 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Reverend Donald Mannings officiating. Pallbearers were Edward Morris, Glenn Stanley, Dan Smith, Robert Stanley, Timmy Downs, and Ray Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Hudson LaVon Abbott
Hudson LaVon Abbott, age 88, of Crossett, died Feb. 15, 2016 following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 24, 1927 in Sheridan, to his late parents, the late Weldon B. and Lou Ella Winningham Abbott. He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Betty Taylor Abbott.
He joined the Navy in 1945, at the age of 17 and served until 1946. While serving, he received three medals and was honorably discharged. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and taught in Jonesboro and Fordyce before moving to Pine Bluff to open and manage Tri State Mill Supply. He later moved to Crossett, the headquarters for Tri State, and held several positions there before transferring to Georgia Pacific where he stayed until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and taught a men’s Sunday school class for many years. He was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ruth Dedman Abbott; two daughters, Shirley Langston (Rene) of Springdale and Margaret Pope (Max) of Crossett; one brother, Jim Abbott of Bahia Kino, Mexico; one step-brother, Bud Taylor of Sanford, N.C.; one step-sister, Mary Ross Taylor of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church. Interment followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Gideon’s International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.
Edith F. Rushing
Edith F. Rushing, age 77, of Crossett, AR passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016. She was born on September 11, 1938 in Hope, AR to her parents, Jerry Cecil and Dorothy Edith White Whittington. Mrs. Rushing was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, camping and jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church for many years.
Survivors include her husband, James Rushing of Crossett; four sons, John Tyler, Sr. (Tina) of Crossett, Gary Allen Tyler of Carriere, MS, Jeffrey Scott Tyler (Angela) and Darren Lee Tyler (Mary), all of Crossett, AR; a sister, Betty Huber of Crossett, AR; three step-sons, James Ed Rushing of Fayetteville, AR, Robert and Charles Rushing, both of El Dorado, AR; twenty-one grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2016 at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen and Bro. John Martin officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
Bertha Cruce Bolin
Bertha Cruce Bolin, 78, of Fountain Hill, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. She was a native of Drew County and a resident of Fountain Hill for the past 50 years. She graduated from Drew Central High School in 1955. She worked as a food service director in the Fountain Hill school for 32 years. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, N.M. (Nem) Bolin in 2002; her parents, Jay and Rita Bowden Cruce; one sister, Letha Howell; and two brothers, Buster and Durwood Cruce.
She is survived by four children, Mignon Griffin and husband, Oliver, of Hamburg, Jayne Taylor and husband, David, of Monticello, Steve Bolin and wife, Rosa, of Blue Mountain, Miss., and Kristi Stocker of Crossett; one sister, Helen Burnett of Monticello; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at Eden Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Hicks and Bro. J.W. Dobbins officiating. Burial was in Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy Riels, Burl Mills, Brent Johnson, Darren Johnson, Paul Allison, Doug Hudson, Jerry Cruce and Junior Cruce. Honorary pallbearers were John Allen Cruce, Scott Strickland, Bryan Bolin, Charles Bolin, Mike Allison, Jimmy Chalk and Jim Hudson.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, 1501 N. University, Suite 470, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Colen Joyce Pennington Burke
Colen Joyce Pennington Burke, age 73, of Crossett, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. She was born on December 28, 1942 to her parents, the late Phillip Delton and Jayne Elizabeth Kelley Pennington.
She and her husband owned and operated V & P Grocery for over 50 years. She grew up in Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school to fifth and sixth grade students for over 30 years, before joining First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Pennington.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Laron Burke of Crossett; one son, Britt Burke (Shana) of Haughton, La.; one daughter, Nicole Rice (Billy) of Crossett; two brothers, Dr. Phillip Pennington (Janice) of Crossett and Bro. Bobby Pennington (Sadie) of Hamburg; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Clifford Dean Ray
Funeral services for Clifford Dean Ray, 83, of Crossett were held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Interment followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Dean passed away on February 17, 2016, with his wife and family by his side. He was a lifelong Crossett resident and member of First Baptist Church. After graduating from Crossett High School in May of 1950, Dean began working at the Crossett Lumber Company Sawmill. By summer’s end, Dean had earned enough money to buy engagement and wedding rings for Carolyn Emory - the one he lovingly called his “bride" throughout their marriage.
Dean and Carolyn married in June 1951 and were the epitome of devotion for over 64 years. After a 32-year career at Georgia Pacific, Dean retired in 1982. Shortly thereafter, he began working as City Engineer for the City of Crossett, retiring from city service in 1997.
A World War II buff, Dean believed strongly in the importance of patriotism, history, and civics. His carpentry skills turned everything his family ever envisioned into reality. His original designs and attention to detail gave way to unique works of unparalleled quality, beauty, and functionality. Dean loved the Arkansas Razorbacks, and he and Carolyn enjoyed many memorable trips up The Hill and to War Memorial Stadium to call the Hogs.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Louise Williams Ray and Lonnie William Ray, Sr.; a daughter, Lynn Ray Courtney; and a brother, Robert C. "Bobby" Ray. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one son, Bill (Kim) Ray; two daughters, Fran (Johnny) Blankenship and Pamela (David) Oliver; four grandsons, Jason (Jennifer) Blankenship, Josh (Kristi) Blankenship, Brad Courtney, and Will Oliver; three granddaughters, Deanna (Mike) Oden, Carrie Jenkins, and Katy (Matt) Morgan; as well as 13 great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters, and one great great grandson. Survivors also include one brother, Lonnie W. (Shirley) Ray, Jr.; one sister-in-law, Judy Ray; and a multitude of other family members, including many nieces and nephews who adored him.
Pallbearers will be Jason Blankenship, Josh Blankenship, Brad Courtney, Will Oliver, Casey Oden, and Kason Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandchildren: Tanner Oden, Erica Oden, Jayden Mann, Kate Kilcrease, Braden Courtney, Cameron Muirhead, Blake Morgan, Briton Blankenship, Judd Blankenship, Joel Blankenship, Isaac Blankenship, Maddox Morgan, John John Blankenship, Jacob Blankenship, Bailey Cook, Kinsley Jenkins, and Jasie Blankenship.
"Until we are reunited with Dean, may we honor his memory by living our lives with an unyielding devotion to the things he held dearest: faith, family, and country. Dean placed a premium on family and found a very special place in his heart for every single member of our extended family. He loved us and was proud of everything we accomplished; and to his credit, we knew it. Both individually and collectively, we will never forget the unfailing support and unconditional love he gave so freely."
Visitation was Thursday, February 18, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52W, in North Crossett.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett AR 71635; or CARD (Crossland Zoo), PO Box 1550, Crossett AR 71635.
Steven O’Neil Hampton Jr.
Infant Steven O’Neil Hampton Jr., 27 days, of Sherwood died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
He is survived by his parents, Steven O’Neil Hampton and Tayonda Carolina, both of Sherwood; one brother, Jayden James Hampton of Fayetteville; three sisters, NeVita Hampton, NyDiona Hampton and NaRizah Hampton, all of Sherwood; paternal grandparents, James and Maggie Hampton of Hamburg; and maternal grandparents, Dale and Glenda Diggs of Wilmot and Carolyn Carolina of St. Joseph, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Carlock Cemetery with Minister Brandon Dyer officiating. Arrangements are by Cromwell Funeral Home Inc. of Hamburg.
Francis Lucille Brown
Francis Lucille Brown, 62, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a former employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory, and of the Catholic faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lucy Lee Lamb-Ward; two brothers, L.W. Ward and Willard Ward; and two sisters, Betty Sue Doss and Carolyn Jean Ebarb.
She is survived by two daughters, Sabrina Kaye Grider, husband David, and Lavina Faye Spruell, all of Hamburg; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Cromwell Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Keith Boseman officiating. Pallbearers will be David Grider, Durwood Doss, Chad Doss, Cesar Mondragon, Coby Henslee, and Ryan Henslee. Honorary pallbearer will be Levi Gray.
Burial will be in Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
Phillip Alan Deal
Phillip Alan Deal, 59, of Crossett, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Crossett. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1975. He owned and operated Phillip Deal Painting for the past 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Alan Deal.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, JoAnn Cameron Deal of Crossett; one son, Mitchell Alan Deal and wife, Jessica of Crossett; his mother, Vera Van Gellekom Deal of Crossett; and two sisters, Ciska Pesaresi of Lake Village and Becky Hopper of Crossett.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Newbury and Bro. Keith Boseman officiating. Burial will be in Hamburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Wayne "Wesley" Johnson, Jason Roberts, Bill Lochala, Bimbo Husky, Glen Hamilton and Greg Noble. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Roberts, Gregory "Puppy" Hampton, Charlie Noble, Jesse Lochala, Eddie Courson and Phillip Jones. Memorials may be made to ALS Foundation Arkansas Chapter, 1200 W. Walnut, Suite, 2309, Rogers, AR 72756 or to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.