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Beatrice "Betty Jo" DeLess

Beatrice Josephine "Betty Jo" DeLess, age 86, of Crossett, died Nov. 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 20, 1930 in Sutherlin, Ore., graduated from Springfield Consolidated High School and Forest Echoes Technical School of Business. She had been employed at Bell Telephone Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation accounting department, Dr. Douglas Phillips and First United Methodist Church.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was secretary for 11 years, served on many boards and committees and held leadership roles in local, district and conference levels of United Methodist Women.

At one time she was an active member and past president of Crossett Junior Auxiliary, chaired Crossett Food Bank Arts and Crafts Festival, and was food bank secretary, Ladies at Work president, Crossett Book Club president, Monticello District United Methodist Women president, Arkansas Area School of Christian Mission assistant dean and dean, Salvation Army Board secretary, Birthday Club member, and Wednesday coffee group member. She formed the Prayer Shawl Ministries.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Charles Sr. and Doris Lillian Fry Hoyt; her husband, Bruce Chapman DeLess; and one son, David Charles DeLess.

Survivors include one daughter, Candace Ann Jeffress and husband, Jimmy; one son, Mark Chapman DeLess and wife, Sharon; one brother, Raymond Charles Hoyt Jr. and wife, Sandy; seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 500 Main, Crossett, AR 71635.

James W. Fletcher

James W. Fletcher, age 65, of Perry, formerly of Crossett, died Nov. 21, 2016. He was born May 2, 1951 in Crossett. He was a machinist and a member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abel and Josephine Estella Miles Fletcher, and three infant siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Sims Fletcher of Perry; three daughters, Jamie Fletcher of Metairie, La., Julia Fletcher of West Hollywood, Calif., and Rebecca Fletcher Acosta of Bastrop, La.; two step-sons, Ricky Deblieux (Audra) of Orange, Ala., and Kevin Deblieux (Kim) of Bastrop; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Bro. John Williams officiating. Burial followed in Simms Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Clifton "Tip" Gifford

Clifton Jordan "Tip" Gifford, 89, of Fountain Hill, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at Drew Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Shiloh community northeast of Hamburg and was a rancher. He served as secretary on the Fountain Hill school board for 23 years. He was a long-time member and the last surviving deacon of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was a former member of Crossett Riding Club and a long-time member of Arkansas Rodeo Association. He was also the last charter member of Fountain Prairie Hunting Club, founded in 1950.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James (Jim) A. and Willie M. Jordan Gifford; one sister, Rachel Gifford; two brothers, Wendell Gifford and Cecil Gifford; and one step-brother, Jimmy Judkins.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Joyce McGilton Gifford of Fountain Hill; two sons, Clifton J. "Cliff" Gifford Jr. and wife, Susie, of Corning and Robert A. Gifford and wife, Susan, of Fountain Hill; one sister, Betty J. Gillingham of Fountain Hill; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. Elvin McDill and Bro. Ed Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery with Bro. Keith Wesson officiating.

Pallbearers were Mike McManus, Dwight Duncan, Shelby Scott, Mike Richard, Chad Higginbotham and Eddie Corder. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Meeks, George Vestal, LaRon Berryman, Hal Gibson, Bernard Youngblood, and Ronnie Berryman.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Alisa Scott, 774 Ashley 81 East, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Hugh Lynn Nutt

Hugh Lynn Nutt, 90, a former Hamburg resident, died Nov. 12, 2016, in Rogers, after a long-term incapacity related to a Lewy Body's disease diagnosis four years earlier.

He was born May 17, 1926, at his family's rural farm in Beech Creek. After graduating from high school in Hamburg he enlisted in the Army and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He graduated from University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and completed his masters degree in extension service at University of Missouri.

He retired from University of Missouri Extension Service in 1983 after more than 30 years of service to the community. Services were held at (Springfield) Missouri Veterans Cemetery Nov. 15 with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Walter Nutt and Irene (Hudgens) Nutt.

He is survived by his wife, Frances (Barton) Nutt, three children, five grandchildren, and one brother, Wayne Nutt of Hopkins, S.C.

Bessie Sanderlin

Bessie Sanderlin, 83, of Hamburg, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. She was a native of Drew County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years. She was a homemaker and was active in Ashley County Home Extension. She worked the voting polls for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Sanderlin; her parents, Cecil Brown and Evelyn Arnold Myrick; one brother, Floyd Brown; one sister, Violet Spoonts and one infant sister.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Sanderlin and wife, Debbie, Mike Sanderlin and wife, Ramona, and John Sanderlin, all of Hamburg; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Union Ridge Cemetery in Drew County with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.

Memorials may be made to Ashley County Library, 211 E. Lincoln Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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

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