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Dr. J.L. “Jay” Lancaster

Dr. J.L. “Jay” Lancaster was born January 26, 1923 in Horatio, Arkansas. He graduated from Horatio High School where he was an Honor Student.

He valued education and appreciated his excellent teachers in the study of Biology, Chemistry, English and Latin.

After graduation he worked his way through college and lived in the Boys 4-H House at the University of Arkansas.

Following his junior year in college, he was called into service in the U.S. Army. After basic training, he attended officer’s training school and served as a Second Lieutenant in the 75th Infantry Division as a platoon leader in a cavalry reconnaissance platoon. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Following the war, he returned to the U. of A. where he graduated, married and left immediately for Cornell University where he earned a PhD. in Entomology. After four years of graduate study, he returned to the U. of A. as an Assistant Professor of Medical and Veterinary Entomology. He researched new methods and insecticides for control of mosquitoes, lice, ticks, and livestock flies. He became a familiar figure to livestock producers and experiment stations throughout the state.

His work on the Lone Star tick and rising human fatalities from tick fever led to a year of sabbatical leave in 1963. The sabbatical year was spent in research at the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana. There, under Dr. Willy Burgdorffer, he observed the methods for detecting fever caused by tick bites. He was also known for his research of the brown recluse spider.

He returned to his duties at the U. of A. where he became a Professor in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. He served until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed his work and retired from the U. of A. after 43 years and six months. He often said, “I stayed as long as they would let me!”

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Pauline Lancaster of Fayetteville; three children, Donn Lancaster (Carol) of Richmond, Virginia; Richard Lancaster (Becky) of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Susan Lawrence (Ben) of Montrose, Arkansas; and, two sisters and a brother in Texas. He was preceded in death by one son, Eric Lancaster (Peggy), his parents and one brother. He had 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Dr. Lancaster’s ashes will be interred at a family reunion this summer.

Memorials may be made to: J.L. and Virginia P. Lancaster Endowed Scholarship, c/o the University of Arkansas Foundation (535 Research Center Blvd., Suite 120, Fayetteville, AR 72701) or, Butterfield Trail Village Foundation Scholarship Fund, (1923 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703)

The family thanks everyone for their kind expressions of support and sympathy.

To sign the online guest book visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com

Ellis Dale Hart

Ellis Dale Hart, PhD, P.E., age 82, of Jackson, Miss., died March 14, 2016 at Highland Home in Ridgeland, Miss. He was born in Crossett on March 2, 1934 to his parents, the late Ellis Martin and Delma Lois Adkins Hart. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired civil engineer for the US Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg, Miss., and assistant professor at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La. He was a member of Briarwood United Methodist Church in Jackson.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Lee Hart.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Carter Hart of Jackson; one son, Dr. Stephen Michael Hart of Woodstock, Ga.; one daughter, Donna Lynné Hart Joplin and husband, Rod of Overland Park, Kan.; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; one step-son, Bruce Carter and wife, Cammie of Jackson; one step-daughter, Nancy Carter Webb of Waleska, Ga.; four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Katherine Ann Wardlaw

Katherine Ann Wardlaw, 85, of Hamburg, died Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Crossett Rehabilitation and Health Center. She was a native of Dermott and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a homemaker and an active member of Gardner Baptist Church as long as her health would permit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Douglas Wardlaw; her parents, James and Minnie Jones Jennings; and two brothers, Allen Hobbs and James Jennings.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Ann Culp and husband, Wade, of Hamburg; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services and burial are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Hamburg Cemetery with Bro. Mike Farmer officiating. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Christopher Ralph Thompson

Christopher Ralph “Chris” Thompson, 44, of Lake Village died Friday, March 11, 2016. He was born Nov. 15, 1971 in Greenville, Miss.

He was a coastguard certified welder and fish farm manager. He was a former member of Snyder Hunting Club and Linwood Point/Panther Forrest Hunting Club.

He is survived by one son, Christopher Chandler Thompson of Portland; father, Chuck Thompson and wife Liz, of Hamburg; mother, Shirley Pierini and husband Ned, of Lake Village; one brother, Charles Thompson and wife Cynthia, of Hamburg; and one sister, Stephanie Thompson of Kilbourne, La.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 17 at Bishop King Funeral Home in Lake Village with Bro. Marty Tackett officiating.

Burial followed in Holy Innocents Cemetery on Stuart Island. Arrangements were by Bishop King Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Donations may be made to John 3:16 Ministries or Arms of Mercy Ministries.

Otis Dean Rice

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Otis Dean Rice died at his home in Crossett. He was born March 28, 1930 to Odie Estel Rice and Ethel Mae Burchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He retired from the Crossett division of Georgia Pacific Plywood Mill in 1993 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Martha Jane Reynolds Rice of Bastrop, La.; one son, Johnny Ray Jacobs of Thompsons Station, Tenn.; one daughter, Dixie Gale Jacobs Wyatt and Cary Wyatt of Bastrop; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The family extended a special thank you to Doctor Laura Hutchins, the University of Arkansas Medical Science hospital and clinic, as well as all the staff who were involved with his medical treatment from 1993 to his passing.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society, or any of the many cancer research facilities.

Valeto Christine Donaldson Carter

Valeto Christine Donaldson Carter, 95, of Hamburg, formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Stonegate Villa in Crossett.

She was born Aug. 22, 1920 in Drew County to the late John Donaldson and Edna Myhand Donaldson.

She was a retired sales clerk and factory worker and worked at Otasco and Rexall Drug Stores for many years. She also taught fourth grade at Green Mount School, a one room school with eight students, for one year.

She was an active member of Pleasant Baptist Church until she relocated to Ashley County in 2008 and attended First Baptist Church in Hamburg.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lemoine Carter, three brothers and seven sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, LaWanda Carter Johnson and husband Larry D. of Hamburg; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Feb. 26 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial in Pleasant Springs Cemetery.

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