Bonnie Fay Bridges Geahlen
Bonnie Fay Bridges Geahlen, 67, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at her residence. She attended Portland School and was a former Wal-Mart employee, a member of Union Baptist Church in El Dorado, and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her mother and step father, Ethel and Marlin Parks; her father, Connie Bridges; and three brothers, Larry Bridges Jr., Hubert Bridges, and Billy Joe Bridges.
She is survived by one daughter, Melinda Mills and husband Mike of Hamburg; one son, Adrian Austin of Monticello; four grandchildren; three sisters, Juanita Parks and Betty Crow, both of Lake Village, and Virginia "Ginner" Pennington of Eudora; and one brother, Mack Bridges of Lake Village.
A graveside service and burial was held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Mike Abels officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Althea Mae Holland
Althea Mae Holland, 93, of Crossett, died March 23, 2016. She was born Dec. 2, 1922 in Calhoun County near Hampton, to her parents, the late Millard Moss Garrett and Varna Lou Williams Garrett. She lived most of her life in Crossett, having owned a fabric shop for many years. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Hayden Lee Holland; two sons, Norman Lee Holland and Millard Maxson Holland; one brother, Basil Milford Garrett; and two sisters, Zyble Rose Garrett Deaton and Doris Edna Garrett Murphy.
Survivors include one son, Basil Dean Holland (Martha); one daughter, Cynthia Holland, all of Crossett; one sister, Sylvia Jane Garrett of Kerrville, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Magnolia Baptist Church. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Morgan Elizabeth Woods
Morgan Elizabeth Woods, infant daughter of Micah and Mary Tolhurst Woods of Hamburg, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Max Woods.
She is survived by her parents; one sister, MaKayla Grace Woods; and her grandparents, Peggy Woods of Crossett and Tucker and Deirdre Tolhurst of Salado, Texas.
A private service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Gordon E. Hennington Jr.
Gordon E. Hennington Jr., 81, of Hamburg, died, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was a native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 75 years. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953 and he was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Hamburg Prairie Masonic Lodge #465. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was a lay speaker and youth counselor. He was the owner and operator of three automotive dealerships and a former president of Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, Chevrolet Dealer Council, Advertising Council of Chrysler-Plymouth Automobile Dealers, Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth Dealer Council and Arkansas Automobile Dealers Insurance Trust. He was the "Time Magazine" Quality Dealer for the State of Arkansas in 1978. He served as mayor of Hamburg on two different occasions for a total of 10 years. He was a former board member of Southeast Arkansas Development Council and Hamburg Public Housing Authority. He was a former president and served for two terms on the Hamburg school board, a founding board member and former president of Hamburg Tri-Educational School, member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Education, Board of Directors of Farmer’s Bank, 4-H Foundation Board Member and the Boy Scouts of America DeSoto Area Council for four years. He was a former president of Hamburg Jaycees, Hamburg Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and was a founding board member of American Western Life Insurance Company. He was a former board member of Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2005. He served as chaplain and held weekly Sunday services at Delta Family Center and he was a licensed pilot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Zettie Doss Hennington; one brother, Ernest Gene Hennington and one sister, Wanda Nutt.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Mattmiller Hennington; one daughter, Melissa Ferguson both of Hamburg; one son, Joe Hennington of Fort Mill, S.C.; two sisters, Onnie Magar of Paris, Ill., and Shirley Pennington of Hamburg; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Hennington, Dillon Deason, Peyton Gwin, Ernie Hennington, Mark Pennington, Jeff Pennington and Mark Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Janes, Jared Brooks, Kyle Hennington, Caleb Hennington, Cole Hennington, Walter Chester and Jimmy Mack Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
R.D. Selby, 94, of Montrose, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Scottsboro, Ala., and a resident of Prescott, Thebes and Montrose for most of his life.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer in Ashley and Chicot Counties. He was a recent member of Montrose Baptist Church and a former member of Snyder Baptist Church, Central Baptist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at Shiloh and Montrose Baptist Churches.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Daniel Selby; two grandsons, William Neal Selby and Thomas Marion Bostick; one great-grandson, Cory Dane Selby; his parents, John Herbert and Mary Bowen Selby; one sister, Mary Ruth Neal; and three brothers, Raymond Selby, Gordon Selby and J.B. Selby.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Doris Nelms Selby of Montrose; one son, Jerry Selby and wife, Billie, of Portland; two daughters, Nina Pamplin of Monticello and Patricia Kelley and husband, Don, of Bossier City, La.; one sister, Ruby Helen Murphy of Sherwood; two brothers, Leon Selby of Montrose and Tillman Selby of Greenbrier; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Montrose Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Mason and Rev. Todd Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Snyder Cemetery. Pallbearers were Phil Selby, Ted Selby, Eric Selby, Chris Selby, Freddy Selby, Thad Selby, Jody Moreau and Ray Selby. Honorary pallbearers were B.K. Kilpatrick, Raymond Nelms, Jimmy Lawrence, David Burns, Harold Selby, deacons of Montrose Baptist Church and the men’s Sunday school class.
Memorials may be made to Snyder Cemetery Association, c/o Sue Bailey, 126 Honey Hill Loop, Searcy, AR 72143 or to Montrose Baptist Church, PO Box 275, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Mary Bell Williams
Mary Bell Williams, 59 of McGehee, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at McGehee Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was a native of Lake Village, a resident of McGehee for the past three years, a homemaker, and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David Ravee and Pauline Reynolds-Trout; one grandson; two brothers, Millard Trout and David Reynolds Trout; and two sisters, Charlotte Hoges and Lorene Hoges.
She was survived by one son, Jerry Dewayne Williams, wife Jessica of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Lawanda Barbee, husband Shawn of Montrose; six brothers, James Trout, wife Jean of Palestine, Texas, J.C. Trout, wife Donna of Fort Worth, Texas, George Trout, wife Marla of Mobile, Ala., Billy Trout, wife Judy of Shreveport, La., William Trout, wife Judy of Monticello, Claude Trout of Gurthie, Okla.; four sisters, Helen Groves and Wanda Oltremari, both of Malvern, Ruby Nichols of Warren, and Annie Millicen, husband Travis of Hope; and six grandchildren.
Agnes Carver, 92, of Hamburg, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native of Thorton and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lamar Carver in 1990 and Jerry Walton in 1960; two sons, Robbie and Floyd Walton; two grandchildren, Travis Murphy Jr. and April Marie Greer; and her parents, Mack and Dura Best Cathy.
She is survived by five sons, Joe Cathy of Hamburg, Jerry Walton and wife, Judy, of Crossett, Bill Walton and wife, Brenda, of Hamburg, Doyle Walton and wife, Carolyn, of Crossett and Carlton Walton and wife, Debbie, of Rover; two daughters, Mary Murphy of Hamburg and Nadine Greer and husband, Tommy, of Parkdale; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at First United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Larry Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Hamburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Guy Gonzales, Jimmy Fugua, Dennis Miles, Dewayne Miles, Joey Walton and A.J. Delk. Honorary pallbearers are Nick Huff, Clarence Kelly, Clifton Murphy, Leslie Walton and Rommy Greer.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Ethel Mae Lewis
Ethel Mae Lewis, 81 of Crossett, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Wilmot, a resident of Crossett for the past 63 years, a retiree of Crossett School District where she worked in the cafeteria at Daniels Miller School, and a member of First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Crossett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Willis "Tight" Lewis; her parents, Robert Russell and Mary Ore; three sisters, Yolanda Russell, Erma Lewis, and Mattie Frye; and one brother, Howard Johnson.
She is survived by four sons, Andrew Tolbert of Warren, Michael Lewis, wife Barbara of Boynton Beach, Fla., Kevin Lewis, wife Jennette, Chris Lewis, wife Mary all of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Joan Yancy and Diane Epton, husband Floyd all of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Robert Russell of Los Angeles, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1 at First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Crossett with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Pallbearers are Colangelo Tolbert, Devol Tolbert, Marcus Foreman, Varick Tolbert, Reiyan Lewis, Vincent Lewis, Leland Miller, and Patrick Thompson. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.
Aubyrn Thomas Hester
Aubyrn Thomas Hester, 18, of Montrose, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a native and life-long resident of Montrose. He was a senior at Lakeside High School in Lake Village where he was a member of National Honor Society and the drama club.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Billy Hester.
He is survived by his parents, William and Chrissy Bunn Hester of Montrose; one brother, Kalen Blake Hester of Lake Village; his grandparents, Franky and Vicki Mixon of Montrose, Keith and Pam Bunn of Ruston, La., and Billy Don Hester of California; and his great-grandmother, Louise Hester of Lake Village.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1 in Montrose Cemetery with Rev. Jack Woods officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Hester, J.T. Burns, James Cessor, Buster Craig, Chris Marcum and Cameron Parkerson. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Aubyrn Thomas Hester