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Edwin Lee Johnson

Edwin Lee Johnson, age 73, was healed and met Jesus on June 25th, 2016. Names he was often called were Granddaddy, Daddy, coach, teacher, leader, principal, and Big Ed.

Edwin lived by the word of God and demonstrated that by loving God and loving people. Whether it was with his cherished family, athletes, and students, he carried out I Corinthians 13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Lessons were learned not by him telling but by showing. He showed others how to love by serving them. He served in church, school, athletics and community. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40.

For over 20 years, physical limitations did not hinder his quest for life and love of laughter. Loved ones would describe Edwin with attributes such as: man of integrity, humble, God fearing, full of life, and hard working. He loved well and made much of Christ and his faith.

For more than 30 years, Edwin devoted his service and love to the students and athletes of Crossett Public Schools. Edwin was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett for more than 40 years, in which he was a servant, leader, and deacon of the church. 

Edwin’s legacy of faith and love lives on with his wife, Beverly Johnson of Fort Smith, AR, his sister, Patsie Hartness and husband Bobby of Little Rock, AR, his son, Greg Johnson of Conway, AR, his daughter Leigh Ann Hasley and husband Doug of Fort Smith, AR, and six grandchildren, Derek Johnson with wife Rachel of Conway, AR, Kelly and Bailee Johnson of Crossett, AR, Bennett, Addison, Bryant Hasley of Fort Smith, AR. 

Graveside service was at 9:00 AM Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Roselawn Cemetery in Ft. Smith.

Visitation will be 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wednesday June 29, 2016, at the Multi-Ministry Center at First Baptist Church in Crossett, AR. Edwin’s Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 PM Wednesday in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Crossett.

Honorary pallbearers in Crossett will be Keith Carter, Allen Jeter, Jimmy Rodgers, Curtis Boston, Roderick Kidd, Donald Fulcher, Phil Kelley, Robert Hartness, Johnny Babb, Campbell Wilkerson, and Joe Cantley.

To sign the online guestbook please visit www.fentressmortuary.com

Margaret Rose Alexander

Margaret Rose Alexander, 86, of Crossett, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. She was born on February 23, 1930, to Roy and Rosie May Moore. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a devoted member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Many remember her from Norman Junior High School where she worked from 1972 until she retired in 2000 as the school secretary. She had a very kind and warm personality which impacted everyone whose path she crossed and was a true friend to all who knew her. She was a Christian matriarch to her family, whom she loved dearly, and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lewel Wayman Alexander; her parents, Roy and Rosie May Stanley Moore; and one brother, LeRoy Moore.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Alexander and wife Shannon of Crossett; and Bruce Allen Alexander and wife Marcia of Hamburg; one brother, Billy Ralph Moore and wife Betty of Chatman, Louisiana; one sister, Linda Stell and husband Charles of Crossett; two granddaughters, Angie Alexander of Plainview, Texas and Hollie Alexander Smith and husband Colt of Hamburg; two grandsons, Glenn Brice Alexander and wife Kayla of Hamburg and Zachary Sinclair Alexander, of Hamburg; four great grandchildren, Cambree and Cash Alexander and Arabella and Alexandra Smith all of Hamburg; and two sister in laws, Dorothy Nell Moore of Pineville, LA and DeLois O’steen West and husband Herman of Crowley, TX.

A Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25th at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett with Bro. Billy Ralph Moore officiating with Bro. David Tohlen assisting, followed by burial at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers are Gary Moore, Jerry Stell, Vance Stark, Mark Moore, David Moore, and Colt Smith with Larry Moore as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation was from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 24th at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.

Raymond Dean Sims

Raymond Dean Sims, 83, of Wilmot, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Parkdale, a resident of Wilmot for the past 30 years and a former resident of Fort Worth, Texas. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War. He worked for Ford Motor Company as a sales representative for many years. He was a member of Bonita Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas O. and Gella Coatney Sims; two brothers, Reginald and Ray Sims; and two sisters, Juanita Collins and Fern Riggs.

He is survived by one brother, Robert Sims of Wilmot.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24 in Wilmot Cemetery with Bro. Carlos Pitts officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

William T. “Tommy” Savage

William T. “Tommy” Savage, 71, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Crossett, a resident of Hamburg for the past 40 years and a former resident of Jackson, Ala. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked for Ideal Construction for 40 years, having retired in 2007. He was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where he was a worker in the Awana program and Vacation Bible School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Miller Myrick and William T. Savage Sr., and his grandparents, Francis Earl and Clara Miller.

He is survived by three sons, Donnie Savage Sr. and wife, Elaine, of Raleigh, N.C., Wayne Savage Sr. and wife, Renee, of Jackson, Ala., and Steven Gilbert and wife, Risa, of Hamburg; one daughter, Lara Kilcrease of Crossett; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Reese and Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Miller, Norman Higginbotham, Charles “Bull” Wells, Jeff Foster and Kenneth Lovette. Honorary pallbearers were the breakfast club from McDonalds.

Memorials may be made to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Awana Program, 765 Ashley 70, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Renee Slaughter Johnson

Renee Slaughter Johnson, 46, of Hamburg, died Monday, June 20, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. She graduated from Hamburg High School in 1988 and was a member of Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Johnson.

She is survived by her parents, Bobby and Della McCrory Slaughter of Hamburg.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Carlton White and Bro Kenny Bolin officiating. Burial was in Crossroad Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tony Craig, Mickey Craig, Stan Craig, Wayne Allen, Phillip Allen and Jason Sanders.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Charles Edward Baldwin

Charles Edward Baldwin, age 54, of Bastrop, La., died June 26, 2016 at his residence. He was born Jan. 5, 1962 in Dermott to Arthur Roy and Betty Baldwin. He was a laborer in the farming industry.

He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, John Baldwin; and one grandson, Peyton Baldwin.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Baldwin of Bastrop; three sons, Christopher Baldwin and wife of Horn Lake, Miss., Phillip Baldwin and wife, and David Baldwin, all of Bastrop; four daughters, Deborah Little and husband, Tina Lowery and husband, Nina Lowery and husband, Felicia Baldwin and husband, and Shy-Anne Malone, all of Bastrop; his mother of Coldwater, Miss.; two brothers, Arthor Lee Baldwin and Roy Baldwin, both of Coldwater; three sisters, Mary Williams of Coldwater, Linda Boone of Senatobia, Miss., and Betty Scruggs of Lake Village; and 21 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30 in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Thursday at Jones Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Baldwin, David Baldwin, Paul Nwoga, Jerry Lowery, Terry Lowery, Gary Gross, Roy Baldwin, Christopher Baldwin.

C.B. Bonton

C.B. Bonton, 85 of Little Rock died Monday at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary. He was born Feb. 12, 1931 in Bonita, La., to the late Henry and Dora Prater Bonton. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Woods Bonton, and one daughter, Patricia Bonton Akins.

Survivors include four sons, Tony Bonton and Ray Bonton, both of Little Rock, Carl Bonton of Sherwood and Jovonda Bonton of Little Rock; one daughter, Ginger Bonton of Texas; and stepson, Stanley Nelson of Little Rock; one stepdaughter, Brenda Payne of Little Rock; one sister, Irma Holman of Bastrop, La.; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 12 noon Saturday, July 2 at No. 2 Cemetery in Portland with Bishop Steven Womack officiating.

Arrangements are by Roselawn Funeral Service and Crematory in Pine Bluff.

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